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Old 01-16-2005, 09:43 PM
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Front End conversion of a 48 Plymouth Coupe

I need some help mounting a powered rack and pinion in a 48 Plymouth Coupe. We have installed Ply-Do drop spindles and made or mods to the steering arms. Can some one help?

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Use a Cavalier rack. It mounts with a simple bracket and has centered arms so there is no "Bump steer" and is a bit forgiving on placement.

I have one on a 48 Dodge business coupe.
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Did you do the conversion yourself. How did yo know the proper mounting position of the rack?
Here is the problem we are facing. We have the Caviler Power Rack and tie rods and Tie Rod ends from a Datsun. The information we have tells us to center the tie rod bolts of the rack with the pivot points of the lower A frames. The also tell use to swap the steering arms and bend the straight one. If we do this one tie rod mounts down the other up, is this correct? We feel like our biggest challenge is mounting the rack in the right place. Any ideas. Thanks

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don't have a lot of info for you unfortunately, but i remember seeing an article in Rod&Custom and i think it was maybe Nov. or Dec. last year. they did a brake/spindle upgrade on a '50 plymouth and i remember reading something about modifying the steering arms. there wasn't anything in there about a power rack but i just thought about this article when you mentioned mods to the arms.

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Does anyone have an idea about the steering arms? If we take the right and put it on the left and the left and put it on the right the one on the right has to be heated. How much in-line do these tie rods need to be?
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I lied, the article on the '50 plymouth was the Jan.'05 issue of Rod & Custom. On pg.52/53 they mention that they took the right-side steering and flipped it upside down to put on the left side. and then they used the left arm on the right side and said that it " may need to be heated and bent to bring the tie rod back into proper position and avoid bumpsteer."

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