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Old 07-28-2013, 07:57 PM
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the old air AC unit is here.We pulled the old hetar box out and getting ready to install the ac tomorrow

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Hello Cal1320 -
I have a 55 second series that I have installed a IFS kit on. The kit uses a Ford Mustang ii power rack. It is connected to a SBC 350 - so a GM power steering pump. I also installed the pressure reducing shims from Borgeson to the pressure down to 850.
I just connected the steering column to the rack and fired it up. The power steering is working without any leaks, but it is very stiff and hard to turn. Is that what you found?
I guess I thought it would be easier to turn the wheel.
Thanks for any feedback!
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:51 PM
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welcome 1stproject. check to see that your lines are on the rack correctly. the return line should be the top line nearest the column hookup. the pressure line is the lower line. that is the most common problem, though the wheel usually goes lock to one side or lock to lock rapidly.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:55 PM
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nice move DD
ac is nice on those toasty days, just roll the windows down as you cruise into your local shows
to show the guys you haven't gone soft
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Power Steering lines

Thanks for the advice Ogre.

I checked the hoses and the line without a pressure fitting (just a hose clamp) is attached to the port on the rack closest to where the steering shaft sticks out of the rack.

I wonder if I have air in the system. Maybe I will try to bleed it.
From I understand you can bleed it by removing the return line from the reservoir and cranking the wheel to is extremes and back. (and then keep topping off) Is that what you guys recommend for bleeding?

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:50 PM
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to bleed the air out; fire up the motor and go lock to lock with the wheel
top of the reservoir and do it again
if the fluid is milky, let it sit for a day, top the tank off and lock to lock again

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power steering bleeding

Thanks for the great image. That confirmed my current setup.
I will go through the process many times before I doing anything too drastic.

I will let you know how things go.
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Jack it up

If the wheels are on the ground, you may consider jacking it up where the tires are clearing the ground during the initial purging of all the air bubbles. Makes it much easier to turn the wheel back and forth. Nolan
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power steering

Good suggestion OLNOLAN
I put the front on jack stands thinking it would take some of the pressure off as I turned from side to side.
I am getting lots of very small bubbles in the reservoir so I will keep at it. Not much difference yet, still pretty tough to turn.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:28 AM
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might start by reducing the washers aka increasing the pressure
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power steering

That's kind of what I was wondering about.

Yesterday as I was turning the wheels from lock to lock I noticed that the tires were hitting the sway bar so they were not able to fully extend in each direction. (An unexpected problem I am going to have to look into.) I took off the tires/wheels and have been turning the wheel from extreme to extreme. Its still a little "jumpy", but it feels like it is getting better.

I think I am going to continue this process for a little while longer and then I will try increase the pressure by removing a washer of two.

Thanks for helping out. I will let you know what the results are.
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Power Steering continued

An update...

I took the shims from 4 (850 psi as recommended by literature on the Ford rack) down to 2 shims (1100 psi according to Borgeson chart)

A small difference but no where close to "power steering".

My Italian mother in-law says to use olive oil but I didn't take her advice.

Cranked it from lock to lock at least 30 times and air is still coming up in the reservoir, but no leaks.

Hmmm! Any other thoughts? Its a rebuilt pump, I wonder if it is bad.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:26 AM
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i'd think that if your still getting air, the pump is bad. no way to induce air into the system from the rack, probably a spring and check ball installed wrong. the only place you could suck air into the system is the shaft seal on the pump, but it would have to have a blockage in the suction side in the pump. the way they rebuild stuff is getting ridiculous. my ps pump lasted 2 yrs and took out my rack when it went. also took two mc to get one that worked.
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What youíre saying makes sense. I guess I will bite the bullet and have to replace it.
Sorry to hear about your back run of luck on those parts. Itís hard to tell when looking at some of the remanufactured parts, if they are good quality or not.
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bringing this thread back from a near death experience

winter project list...
high beam head light relay
fine tune cruise control (adjust dip switches) which involves removing the console and getting at the control box
maybe some touch up paint (it's a driver)
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