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Old 03-22-2003, 11:02 AM
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I am thinking about installing power rack and pinion into my 68 Cougar XR7(it is not original) in order to have a more positive steering for my wife. It currently steer just like every Ford that I have driven with the slave cylinder power steering. Has anyone done this conversion?

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Well...You have three methods of doing this with your chassis;

There is also the option of updating the system you have to Shelby Mustang specs which will give you a lot of steering effort improvement.

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Thanks, I was hoping someone had done the conversion, It looks as if the TCP unit is a little on the pricy side, but I may end up going that way as I do not want to cut everything out as you have to with the Mustang II conversion, and the taurus conversion increases the turning radius. Appreciate your assistance.
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there is another way:

installing a GM, J-car rack
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...there are many different upgrades that can be performed to this type of steering/suspension that will bring it to the level of MUST II rack and pinion performance levels without having to go to extreme modification(s).
  • Upgraded steering boxes...
  • Shelby Quick-Steer Kits...
  • Suspension modifications from mild street to full race (upper control arm drop to coil over)...
  • Idler arm bushings that are roller bearing instead of rubber bushing...

The biggest problem is those not knowing how to setup/modify the power steering system.

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www.mustangdepot.com/OnLineCatalog/Suspension/tcp_suspension.htm

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I looked at Fat Man's it seems to be very expensive, but does not seem to have that much that comes with it, you still have to get the rack and the late model front spindles and struts. Looks like speed direct is coming out with one about christmas time. I still have the car drivable I just dislike the typical Ford steering of the sixties with the ram assist, I had a early 70's van that drove exactly the same.Thanks for the input.
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I am not too keen on a strut retrofit on an earlier chassis anyways, just thought I would give you all the options. All the shortcomings of a FOX MUSTANG are just going to be transferred to the earlier chassis.

If anything, a fabricator should transfer the steering/suspension system off of an MN-12 BIRD. It uses a strut with upper and lower control arms and gets rid of the negative camber and tire roll you experience with a strut only design.
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That ram assist was used by several mfg. and was even the standard on 'vettes for many years. The big problem with the early chassis is suspension geometry and while I agree that the Fox shortcomings would be transfered to the early chassis, having owned and driven both examples I think I prefer the Fox short comings to the early 'stang ones. Just my two cents, I grafted a '40 Desoto onto a Fox chassis and it drives and handles great, getting ready to do the same with my '68 'stang drop top, although now that I've done one I'm going to slice the body off a MKVII instead of the T-bird I used on the Desoto.
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Guys thanks for all of the info, I have a mustang II in my street rod and it drives great. I was kind of looking for a bolt on alternative without going all the way to the TCP kit, that way if I ever wanted to put it back I could. The gent that was working on using the GM J car rack is now working with Speed Direct to get it on the market. I looked at some of their other kits that use a late 80' GM rack, but not the center pull and they do look good installed. I may wait till it hits the market.
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