Don't know. But a rag joint should not be used as a swivel joint. I recommend it be re-engineered.
This was a large version of a speedometer cable, made the same way. It was a pretty neat idea because you could mount the R&P most anywhere and the cable steering column would bend to accomodate it. Where the whole operation want south was that Ford failed to make the cable out of stainless. Result....it rusted from the inside out where you couldn't see it and failed at the most inappropriate time.73 and down Pinto???? 71 Pinto used a large cable as a steering shaft.
Does the rack have to be that far out from the frame so it is straight or can it be closer to the frame.The rack mount in the first pic looks OK, but the opposite end looks like he didn't have the proper parts and cobbled something together with a piece of steel strapping. I think you would be well advised to replace both rack mounts with something far more solid.
You want the tie rods in line with the rack body, just like this one is installed.Does the rack have to be that far out from the frame so it is straight or can it be closer to the frame.
Absolutely, and let me add just one small thing, straight when the wheels are pointed dead ahead. When you turn the front wheels, the tie rods will move a small amount back and forth.You want the tie rods in line with the rack body, just like this one is installed.