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Old 08-31-2006, 10:29 AM
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Building a rack & pinion set up

Has anyone built their own rack & pinion set up? I'm talking about having the rack and fabricating the brackets around it. What would be involved in a project like this. I know Fatman's has a kit for the mid 50's fords and you supply a rack from a 90's Cavalier. The brackets don't look all that complicated. I attached a picture of the kit. I need to get rid of my 605 box. Wurthit Designs is in the process of building a kit for 58-60 T-Birds but I don't think it will be ready anytime soon. I am desperate for a good steering system.

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Read the article I wrote on the crankshaft coalition site.
http://crankshaftcoalition.com/wiki/...ing%22_to_Rack
There are a lot of things this "swap" needs to take into consideration to work well. If it is not designed correctly you will not be pleased with the results....
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:27 AM
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I just cannot get used to using ...{shudder} BOWTIE PARTS {shudder} on a genuine.

There was an attempt a few years ago of fitting a front steer rack (TAURUS) but it had turning radius problems. It also required MUST II spindles and that usually limits disc brake size to 11".

Unless you are a fabricator and have a nice shop to experiment in, a ready made kit is advisable (IMO).
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:08 PM
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Thanks, These are the replies I expected, I'm just branestorming. I'm going to Fall Carlisle next month and I am going to look for a ford powersteering box that matches up or is atleast close.
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I'm going to Fall Carlisle next month and I am going to look for a ford powersteering box that matches up or is atleast close.


You know something? FORD put integral P/S on the BIRD in 1961. They kept the Saginaw design on the big FORD (and intermediates). Don't quote me on this (as I am getting a little old) but I know I have come across references of retrofitting that system back to a SQUAREBIRD. Something to think about.

The only other alternative I can think of (to keep it all FORD and other than waiting on Wurth-It/GM rack) is to have a x-member made up to accept the popular MUST II steering conversion. I would use the later FOX rack and you are limited to the MUST spindles (front steer) but I would adapt them to keep the BIRD control arms and suspension. Something else to think about.

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Old 08-31-2006, 06:57 PM
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That sure is something to think about. My father has a 62 so when I go down there I will look at his box.

My bird is a cruiser for sure. Check it out.
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www.borgeson.com might be a good source as well as they do a lot with that style of steering box and may just be able to provide one that is bolt in..

I have has some success with those cars by just replacing worn parts with new or rebuilt..made a whole new feeling car out of the deal..

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This is on a 56 Ford.
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Read the article I wrote on the crankshaft coalition site.
http://crankshaftcoalition.com/wiki/...ing%22_to_Rack
There are a lot of things this "swap" needs to take into consideration to work well. If it is not designed correctly you will not be pleased with the results....
Mark
This is a little off-topic, but there's something wrong with the formatting on that article. It comes out as 4 very long lines (with a huge horizontal scrollbar) instead of wrapping the lines.
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Astroracer, That is an excellent article and the longacre link is VERY informative. Is that in the knowledge base? If not, it should be.

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