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59 Ford Wagon - Power Steering Conversion

Just found the Granada spindles at Pick-Your-Part to upgrade to disk brakes and am now trying to figure out how to add power steering. My preference would be to use mid 80's parts as they are readily available and I'm prepared to take on some simple fabrication to make parts fit. I did have a look at Ford rack and pinion but they were all mounted in front of the cross member which I suspect would be a bear to fit into a 59. I saw a 79 pickup steering box which mounted behind the cross member that might be a candidate.

If I'm rehashing old ground please point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Dan.

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If absolutely stuck

well on that as i remember the factory used a hyd slave cylinder attached to the center link when they had power steering..

If you are completly stuck go to www.borgeson.com and see if those guys can help you..

The 79 box may be a good option that is if it bolts into the existing mount and fits correctly..

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http://www.y-blocksforever.com/tech/html/r_p.html Here is an article for a 56 using rack and pinion.
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Want a rack and pinion?,, Wurth makes a kit:

http://www.wurthitdesigns.com/

I don't particularly care for a rack so Gearheads has a box kit:

http://www.ndgearheadscruiserproducts.com/id21.htm

I have a 57 Fairlane and am considering tryig to make this fit:

http://www.corvettesteering.com/55-57%20chevy.htm

Keep us informed as I'd like to know if you can make some sort of a stock box work.
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59 Ford Rack & Pinion - Further Details

Thanks for all the input - redlighting's link seemed to be in line with what I had in mind. There also seems to be lots of kits for this application in the $500-$800 range plus pump and hoses. I'm considering picking up a Cavalier rack and seeing what it would take to make the brackets. As for using the sport edition with a quicker ratio I'm undecided. With a car this big it will never be a slalom racer - more of a highway cruiser is what I had in mind and I don't want it jumpy at 75mph.

Any further comments on bracket construction or quick ratios?

Thanks again to all of you.

Dan.
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Just picked up an 89 Cavalier rack (130K on it) for $34. Looks like a good design for fitting into most applications - simple mounting system that clamps the rack to a flat surface. A couple of custom brackets ought to do the trick. I'll keep the dimensions if others are interested.

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Thanks for all the input - redlighting's link seemed to be in line with what I had in mind. There also seems to be lots of kits for this application in the $500-$800 range plus pump and hoses. I'm considering picking up a Cavalier rack and seeing what it would take to make the brackets. As for using the sport edition with a quicker ratio I'm undecided. With a car this big it will never be a slalom racer - more of a highway cruiser is what I had in mind and I don't want it jumpy at 75mph.

Any further comments on bracket construction or quick ratios?

Thanks again to all of you.

Dan.
Bump steer?????
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Just found the Granada spindles at Pick-Your-Part to upgrade to disk brakes and am now trying to figure out how to add power steering. My preference would be to use mid 80's parts as they are readily available and I'm prepared to take on some simple fabrication to make parts fit. I did have a look at Ford rack and pinion but they were all mounted in front of the cross member which I suspect would be a bear to fit into a 59. I saw a 79 pickup steering box which mounted behind the cross member that might be a candidate.

If I'm rehashing old ground please point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Dan.
Do Granada spindles measure the same as the 59??? I need to know Please.

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Update on Steering

So little time an so much to do...

Bump Steer - My intention is to keep the inner ball joints located in the same location and seperated by the same distance. The Cavalier rack is of a style where only the center section moves and has two handy bolts that will allow me to attach a bracket to suit my needs. From what I've read regarding IFS geometry I believe my approach will prevent any bump steer issues.

Granada Spindles - Haven't tried to mount them yet as I want to get the rack sorted out using the original equipment. All the articles I've read indicate a direct swap. Others will fit as well but the Granada's have the larger rotor.

Hope this helps,

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What are you planning to make that tie rod mounting bracket out of??? .....5/8 inch plate steel???
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Center Bracket Size

I have some 1/2" by 2" and cut a 6" length the other day which I'm hoping will work - will need longer bolts into the rack and a few washers. I decided that this shouldn't be drilled with a hand drill so spent yesterday looking at drill presses. 5/8" might suit the tie rod ends better - I'll have to investigate.
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