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66 Mustang manual steering

I have a 66 Mustang that is all original. The power steering on it leaks like crazy from the power valve on the suspension. I've rebuilt it once before and its leaking again. Does anyone know what I need to make it manual and get rid of the power steering stuff. I heard a manual center link replaces the powersteering link. Will the tie rods and everything match? Anyone do this conversion?

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try mustang sites

you should get some info if you can find the mustang or ford fairlane sites
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there is a kit ($60?) available from most any of the mustang resto-parts suppliers that locks down the control valve to make it manual steering.....
(Mustangs Unlimited, NPD, CJ's Pony Parts, Dallas Mustang,etc,etc,etc)

so no other parts are needed....

the PS box is a bit quicker ratio than the manual box so it will take a bit more force on the steering wheel when parking etc with no assist...
(my car has one with manual linkage and I like it for quicker steering while driving, it's how the Shelby's were set up)
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I've seen the kits your talking about and they run about $170.00. They also sell a manual linkage arm that replaces the power steering arm, power valve and control valve. That arm is only $50. I heard that replacing that arm is all you needed. I know the ratio of the steering box is different and the steering is a bit harder unless you change out the steering box to a manual one as well. I'm just wondering if the manual arm simply bolt up and your good to go, or is the tie rod ends and pitman arm different on the power steering vs. manual. I recall doing it on my other 66 GT Mustang back in the 80's but it's been a while. Had the same problem with the steering leaking all the time. The rebuild kit for the power valve is almost $200
OK, I found this info... Hope this helps others.
Convert 1965-1966 Mustang with V8 from Power Steering to Manual Steering
While there are a few parts that can come from other model Fords, the critical parts must be from the correct year Mustang to work properly. Maintaining proper factory linkage geometry is important for proper operation. Using linkage assemblies from Falcons, Mavericks and Granadas will not work properly, even though it may look similar and physically bolt up.
To do this properly, you will need to install the following parts:
a) Centerlink for 1965-1966 Mustang with V8 and manual steering
b) Although the drivers side Inner & Outer Tie Rod Ends and Adjusting Sleeve is different for power steering, they do not really have to be replaced during the conversion. They are merely curved to clear the control valve, where as the manual versions are straight.

The pitman arm, idler arm and passenger side tie rod ends and adjusting sleeve are the same and can be retained. The steering box can also be retained but keep in mind that it has a quicker ratio than a manual steering box and will make the car harder to steer at slow speeds.

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the valve kit is $60...

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/ite...atKey=EMUSTANG

or you can buy a center link for about $60
(and get a alignment?)

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/ite...atKey=EMUSTANG

or you can have your valve rebuilt for $170....

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/ite...atKey=EMUSTANG

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