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Old 09-06-2003, 01:43 PM
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Angry Busting loose a Mustang II

I am in the middle of replacing the Mustang II power rack and pinion unit under my Model A. The difficulty seems to be accessing whatever holds the steering shaft (a knurled shaft with a dip in it on the replacement unit) to the steering column. It sort of feels like a big bolt or set screw, but I can't really see it and it is under the cross member and in front of the power steering pump. Any advice on what it is, how to get it loose or where else to disconnect the shaft to access the thing will be appreciated.There is a damper/connector I might be able to reach if this would work disconnecting it here and removing the whole thing to attach the new unit?

Second question-the instructions that came with the rebuilt unit say to install a filter in the return line to the pump. Sounds like a good idea. What kind of filter do I look for and where do I find one? Do I need to know the line ID or are all these pumps sort of standard?

Like everything else I have done so far on this car, it is turning out to be not quite the drop in and go project I anticipated-I guess it is more fun that way in the long run. Thanks.

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The fastener you are looking for is perhaps a 12pt bolt or hexhead bolt or buttonhead bolt which secrures the u-joint to teh shaft. I will probably require removing it completely before the joint and shaft will slide back to remove it.
Before replacing the rack, run a couple pints of p/s fluid through the system with the engine running and the pressure line in a bucket. This will flush the sytem. The filter the mfg. is recommending should be available at the parts house you got the reman rack from. This is not really necessary for a car which is religiously maintained as yours will be.
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