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Old 02-25-2002, 06:52 PM
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I am building a 1935 Dodge street rod. It will be powered by a big block Mopar. My question is if I use a manual rack will it steer like a tank? A manual rack would make life a lot easier if it won't steer too hard. Any thoughts on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks...........

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Old 02-26-2002, 10:34 AM
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Hi.....I've got a 36 Chev Pro Street Pick-up with 440 Mopar drive train, Mustang 11 front end and manual rack, been on the road for 80k mi. in 11 years, it handles good and is not hard to drive there are times "ie" parking lot, rod run that power would have been easier but not enough that I would change, my guess is that your Mopar would be about the same.......Marv555
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Old 02-27-2002, 06:11 PM
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I have a 37 Ford slantback with manual rack & pinion. I like the firmer steering you get with manual rack & pinion on the corners and on the straights you really don't have to put much effort into it. Parking is a bit more of an issue but not enough of a problem for me to justify a change.
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Over the last 3 years, I've put 15,000 miles on my `40 Chevy coupe with a small block and a Mustang manual rack. This year I'm installing a power rack. Yes you can get by with a manual rack and they handle fine on the road, but if you plan on any city driving or parking lot excursions I would consider installing a power unit now instead of retro-fitting. It depends on how strong your upper body is. If you've got a bad back better get a power rack.
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