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Power Steering Or Not? 35 Chevy Master

Just picked up a Heidts hub-to hub mustang II kit for my 35 Chevy Master 4-door. I ordered a power rack, but upon readng the instructions, Heidts does not reccomend power steering because the front end is so light.
Any comments? I would lke power, espescially for around town.
Any one else do a chevy master? any pics of the front suspension?

Mark

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1st,how can they know how light your front end is?Do you have a 4cyl,v6,v8, sbc,bbc,cast iron heads ,aluminum heads, glass body ,steel body ?All can affect the weight of your car.Also width of tire ,offset of wheel. If you want power go for it, it can't hurt.
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power steering ?

I put a regulator under my 40 chevy sedan with 350 350 and changed to the power rack and loved it
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I think 50 is the magic number. If you are younger than 50 you probably won't need it. Over 50, it might be a good idea.
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reg. vs power

No 30 is the #
When I was under 30, I had cars that you had to
drive.
Now I'm older and can just sit that and steer and in enjoy the ride, air power brakes elec. lock, and even power windows.
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Just picked up a Heidts hub-to hub mustang II kit for my 35 Chevy Master 4-door. I ordered a power rack, but upon readng the instructions, Heidts does not reccomend power steering because the front end is so light.
Any comments? I would lke power, espescially for around town.
Any one else do a chevy master? any pics of the front suspension?

Mark
Since you're concerned about around-town driving, I'd recommend power steering if you have anything but a neutral steering scrub. Draw a line through the center of your upper and lower ball joints to the point that it intersects the ground (at ride height). Compare that point to the center of your tire's contact patch. If there is an excessive difference (more than a couple of inches), go for the power rack.

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Thanks for the feedback. I thought the Heidts reccomendation of no power steering was a little wierd. It will be a standard issue 350/350, A/C, and I will definately do the power steering.
I am boxing the front frame this week and hopefully will get the IFS on next weekend. Then its on to the rear. I think I will do a Chassis Engineering rear mount kit to install the explorer axle

Mark
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Perhaps you have never driven a rack and pinion steered car?
Many things have an influence on manual/power rack choice.
Diameter of the steering wheel.
Tire size of front tires, 10" wide might not be a good idea.
Alignment of the front end.

We installed a Heidt's manual steer front end under my friend's 32 Ford 3W Coupe and he thinks it is too touchy with a manual!
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steering a 35 chevy

My 40 chevy2 dr. sedan had 590 x 14 x 4, with a 78 chevelle tilt column and wheel. The engine and trans. were still heavy for the standard rack and pinion. car weight about 3500 lbs.
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