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Old 10-19-2011, 10:42 PM
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Has Anyone Installed A Rack & Pinion In An Early Mopar Sedan??
Any Ideas On Shortening Stock Steering Arms??

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:28 PM
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Has Anyone Installed A Rack & Pinion In An Early Mopar Sedan??
Any Ideas On Shortening Stock Steering Arms??
It would help to know what kind of car and what rack.

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1953 Dodge Meadowbrook 2dr coupe
Rack ???? That is the question. Don't have a clue what rack I should look
for. The overall length of travel required is 7.5 inches. Everything I find has an
advertised travel of 5 inches. Could shorten the stock steering arms but weld
shops won't touch because of the liability issue. Trying not to spend a bundle on this car since the value would never be very high on his vehicle.
I am only doing this because I have a new small block MOPAR I want to install in the car. Without changing out the stock steering box, its a no go.
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1953 Dodge Meadowbrook 2dr coupe
Rack ???? That is the question. Don't have a clue what rack I should look
for. The overall length of travel required is 7.5 inches. Everything I find has an
advertised travel of 5 inches. Could shorten the stock steering arms but weld
shops won't touch because of the liability issue. Trying not to spend a bundle on this car since the value would never be very high on his vehicle.
I am only doing this because I have a new small block MOPAR I want to install in the car. Without changing out the stock steering box, its a no go.
There was a thread on here the other day about doing the same on a 48 Plymouth I don't know if it is the same as yours or not someone did give the guy an answer. Look through the posts, you should find it.

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I don't know much about the suspension you're working with, but I can throw some (wild?) suggestions in to see if they help...

Have you looked at a rack from a Peugeot 504 or 505? I think you'll find they have plenty of travel. If your steering arms are in front of the axle line, however, you'll need a right hand drive on (I can help out there...).

Or could you mount the rack to act as a steering box normally does, with a link to the regular steering's drag link etc? That would involve replacing the steering box with an idler arm.

I don't very often get to look at this model, but I'll see if I can hunt one down and have a peek.
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Not to be a smart alec, but this has been done thousands of times. A SB Mopar will fit with no modifications to the steering if you have the right oil pan and exhaust manifolds. That sounds easier than changing the steering.
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Not to be a smart alec, but this has been done thousands of times. A SB Mopar will fit with no modifications to the steering if you have the right oil pan and exhaust manifolds. That sounds easier than changing the steering.
You are correct, all you have to do is move the engine over about 1.5 inches to clear....also a front dump A- body log manifold goes a long way in making it fit.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:58 PM
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Look at Butchs Cool Stuff he sells an engine mount / trans mount package to offset the engine for right at $300.
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I have a rack and pinion on my Rambler, had to do it all myself -- no kits. There's a bit of geometry involved, and if you can't weld or don't have a friend who can do it for you forget it! Had to make new steering arms, but Ramblers have bolt-on arms. All the angles have to be right, and the placement of the outer tie-rod end is critical! I wrote up the whole procedure I went through on a small AMC magazine article. If interested I can send a PDF copy -- PM me your e-mail address.
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Thanks For All The Excellent Info. My Parts From "butchescoolstuff" Arrived Today.
If All Works As Planned I Can Install The Sb Mopar In The Ole 53 Dodge Without Removing The Stock Steering. If Not, Will Contact
"butchescoolstuff" Again For The Steering Kit That Mates To The Cavalier "Rack & Pinion" I Bought Just In Case.

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