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From: Middlebury, IN USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 04-03-2001 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK I give up. I am converting to Power Steering and I am trying to fasten the bracket on the frame that holds the end of the slave cylinder for Power Steering. I found where it goes but the two holes on the bottom side of the frame are Hex Shaped Holes but no Nuts or threads are in them. :Confused: I can't get inside the frame to drop bolts down?? Is there some special way to do this or some piece that fastens in there like Magic

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posted 04-03-2001 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7DMACH1   Click Here to Email 7DMACH1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a special self crushing nut sleeve that goes in the frame to mount this. The Ford part number is 375474-S8. Go to your local Ford Dealer and they can order them. They are still available. They come 3 in a box and retail for $3.49ea.

1970 MACH 1 351C 4SPD
1986 CAPRI 5.0 5 spd.

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mdb 68

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posted 04-06-2001 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdb 68   Click Here to Email mdb 68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did this on my 68 and I had a whale of a time getting the special nuts to crush in until I put an oversized nut between the bolt head and the shoulder of the crush nut- just my 2 cents. Oh, and then last year I switched back to manual so I could have a better feel for the road and no more leaks on my floor.

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Rory McNeil

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posted 04-07-2001 02:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are gonna use headers... BEWARE!! I`ve had several 69-70 Mach 1`s with PS & headers, & most headers reqire the use of a special "longer" bracket which lowers the ram to give more clearance on the drivers side header. The first thing you notice is the steering isn`t as precise as with the stock cast iron bracket. Then the extra leverage from the longer bracket will tear your "riv nuts" out of the frame, quite possibly bending the ram cylinder. after you weld the bracket permently to the frame, the bracket will likley break where the 2 pieces are welded together. If you use exhaust manifolds, the stock iron piece will give no problems, however the ram style power steering system is a Mickey Mouse piece of crap. They always seem to seep fluid, have less road feel,& have these ugly hoses hanging down.If the car is all stock or will be a daily driver, I suppose the PS is OK, but if it`s a weekend toy, I`d stick with the He-MANual steering. (just my opinion)

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