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Old 08-01-2006, 06:57 AM
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Manual Rack and Pinion

What are some donor cars/trucks with manual rack and pinion steering that would be beefy/large enough for a 3800# car?

Most of the kits I'm seeing are listing about 2800#.

This would be going into a 54 dodge with the original 241 v-8.

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i would think any 1/2ton pickup would work like a chev/GM box.

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Cool I honestly don't have much rack knowledge outside of the 4 banger beaters I've owned. I'll look into that.
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It seems like this question is asked every other day here...
You really don't want to open this can of worms. It is not a simple job to "bolt on" a rack and pinion. Especially when you try to use a rack that wasn't designed for your non-rack suspension... There are a lot of design criteria that need to be met to have a rack work correctly with an existing non-rack suspension. Bump steer, ackerman and turning radius are just a couple that will haunt you mercilessly. Do a search here on "bump steer" and you will find a few threads that discuss this.
Read this and do some research...
http://www.longacreracing.com/articles/art.asp?ARTID=13
You would be much farther ahead to simply rebuild your current recirc. ball box and suspension. There is really no gain to be had with a rack and pinion that would out-weigh the problems you will create by trying to adapt one.
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Thanks for the link astro, it gave me alot more understanding in a short space. It also gave some more insight into the criteria nessesary to do this. Since I am currently running the original front suspension on this vehicle, the rack would likely be putting the cart before the house as any future upgrades such as a mirada front end would likely require a different set up.

Currently my 54 steering links take up a lot of space, and the steering box runs a hollow 1" round shaft from the box to the steering wheel that the horn wire goes down. The box is not large but that tube for a steering column is a bit of a concern. The system does work fairly well and tracked well prior to me diasassembling everything.

I think I will stick with what I have. Plus the look on the alignment guys face when they get to the kingpins and single concentric connecting the knuckle to the upper control arm will be priceless.
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