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Old 04-23-2003, 09:44 AM
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I put a 86 monte carlo subframe on my 39 chevy pickup. now i would like to adapt that to a rack and oinion steering system.I have talked to a few friends & have a good idea of whathat has to be done, but need an idea as for what donor unit i should use. can anyone give me some advice. i would appreciate any help you could give me. thanks
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Old 04-23-2003, 09:57 AM
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Is the Monte a Front steer unit? If it is Then try to adapt a t-bird unit as I think they are front steer.
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Don't know if you are still looking for input but here goes...I just went thru all this with my 46. I had a 72 camaro front clip on it and the steering box was in the way of the radiator. So I had the bright idea of changing it to rack and pinion...By the time I got done hacking away at the crossmember to get my steering linkage thru it ended up looking like s**t. So I ended up cutting the whole thing off and building the frame out of 2x4 box tube and building the crossmember and then using the mustang rack and adapting the camaro spindles....Looks much better..If you want I could send you some pics...GlennK <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" />
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Mike: I sent you some pics. Did you get them...GlennK <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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If I can put a T-bird rack and pinion in a Rambler, surely you can get it in a Monte Carlo! Here's a pic of my installation (and other things, like the Jag rear axle):
<a href="http://groups.msn.com/AMCsForever/classicgtwproject.msnw?Page=2" target="_blank">http://groups.msn.com/AMCsForever/classicgtwproject.msnw?Page=2</a>
Steering is in front of the engine/suspension crossmember. You can get the rack from a T-bird, Mustang, or Aerostar (power rack). Use the same pump that came with the GM power steering. If you need a rack that goes behind the crossmember look at Taurus, Volvo, Jaguar, and some front drive GM products. The only problem is getting the steering shaft connectecd. I used a GM telescoping shaft with a Ford universal. Had to trim the ends of the universal joint and redrill a hole, but it mounted to the GM tilt column I'm using easily. Both Ford and Chevy use a "double D" 3/4" shaft. One universal at the rack worked for me, but I'm running an in-line six, You might need two universals with a V-8. Note that you can twist the rack however you need to get the angle on it, especially if you're moaking your own mounts like I did.
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