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Old 12-01-2005, 10:03 AM
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Steering Question

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I gotta 1955 f100 with a 75-79 cordoba front suspension setup on it. My steering sucks and I was woundering if you can put a rack and pinion style set-up on it. Any ideas send them my way thanks. It has a chrysler steering box. My problem is the angle for the steering shaft to the box is so steep that its almost 90o, which is a bit dangerous. Also the guy I got it from kinda rigged the steering by keeping the power steering box, but not hooking a pump up to it. I am goin to get the 2in drop spindels from fatman fab for it, but i really need to fix this steering. BTW anyone using those drop spindles??


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Old 12-01-2005, 10:51 PM
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That suspension does not have a readily available rack that I am aware of.
I would get the PS pump working.....and possibly redo the steering column. Straighten out the angle and use a couple of steering joints.....similar to the setup in the photo below......
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Hey guys,
I gotta 1955 f100 with a 75-79 cordoba front suspension setup on it. My steering sucks and I was woundering if you can put a rack and pinion style set-up on it. Any ideas send them my way thanks. It has a chrysler steering box. My problem is the angle for the steering shaft to the box is so steep that its almost 90o, which is a bit dangerous. Also the guy I got it from kinda rigged the steering by keeping the power steering box, but not hooking a pump up to it. I am goin to get the 2in drop spindels from fatman fab for it, but i really need to fix this steering. BTW anyone using those drop spindles??


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Eddie
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As you are aware, sucky steering is not the fault of the Cordoba. Steering shaft u-joints and intermediate shafts are readily available in the street rod market. Thumb through Street Rodder Magazine and you will find several sources.

98 % of the home rack conversions that I have looked at have horrible bump steer and insufficient turning radius... If you don't understand front end geometry, don't get sucked into the vortex of more poor engineering.
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98 % of the home rack conversions that I have looked at have horrible bump steer and insufficient turning radius... If you don't understand front end geometry, don't get sucked into the vortex of more poor engineering.
Double Damn Ditto on that my friend...
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Old 12-04-2005, 09:41 AM
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I am with the others. This is what you have to ask yourself, "If I were to have test driven a Cordoba in 1979 would it have driven like this?" The answer of course is NO.

My Brother has the exact same system (well,without the gerry rigging) in his 55 and we are THRILLED with out the truck drives. It drives JUST LIKE that test drive back in 79.

You need to fix all the problems. Forget about drop spindles (you SHOULD NOT need them anyway my brothers truck is ON THE GROUND) and get to fixing all the screwed up junior engineer stuff you have.

I admit, the Chrysler box is not the best, but a rebuilt one should give you everything you need. I am not kidding you, my brothers truck (our dad bought it and installed a Buick 364 in it back in 1966!) drives like a dream.

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