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catman_45
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From: Moscow, ID, USA
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posted 02-01-2002 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got a 66 coupe that doesn't have power steering, what parts do I need to make it power steering and whats the cost(roughly)? Also, where is the best place to get them?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-01-2002 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless you really need power steering, you are VASTLY better off with the manual steering. The leak-prone 65-70 Mustang power steering setup is not worth the hassle of installing, in my opinion.

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Fastymz
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posted 02-02-2002 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Unless you really need power steering, you are VASTLY better off with the manual steering. The leak-prone 65-70 Mustang power steering setup is not worth the hassle of installing, in my opinion.


I'll 2nd that I had power that I'm trying to go to manual now.

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MrWesson22
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posted 02-02-2002 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another vote for manual steering. I have p/s now and am in the middle of a conversion. Stock 65-70 power ASSIST steering SUCKS!

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 02-02-2002 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Catman_45, unless you're having trouble turning the wheel at low speed to park your car, it seems the general consensus would be to stay away from power steering. If you have the funds, I think I would go for the rack and pinion kit. It is a direct bolt up and got rave reviews from Mustang & Ford magazine. The kit is somewhere around $900, but it gives quicker steering and won't have the sloppy feel that the original has. Charlie

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-02-2002 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$900??? Try power rack for around 1800. Also figure in a diminished turning radius, also 'different' behavior when backing up. This for one that is sold separately, not with the Mustang II suspension kit that has rack and pinion.

I put power steering in my 65 GT and it was about 800 with all new stuff about 3 yrs ago. More today. Yes, it does weep a little bit, but in the 12,000 plus miles I have driven it, there has been no problem and if you feel you need it, go for it. There are also people who may have diminished use of an ARM, or a bad back may cause it to be helpful, also. Just like needing an automatice trans. It's not a cheap deal, but then neither is a shaker hood or a low profile rally pac that sold for 800! Try Rode's in Pa. Mustang Parts of Oklahoma, Okla City.

You should also start scouring vintage-mustang.com for parts and you can put an ad on in the parts wanted.

First: You will need to get an HCC-AX or HCC-AW steering box. The latter is the regulat PS box. You must have the correct box for optimum use.

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iamblackjack
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From: Magnolia, Tx, USA
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posted 02-03-2002 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've heard the same thing about them.

This raises a question I have (it might help catman_45 also). I'm seriously considering that rack&pinion conversion (manual) for my 65 coupe. It's like $1100!!!! I've seen some other racks (Mustang II style and some custom billet, ect) that were for roadsters and race (drag) cars and they were $300 to $900. BUT, as we all know, early Mustangs have the linkage behind the front axle. I don't know if these racks are for the front or back (I intend to find out). I replaced the rack on an '88 Escort I had once and it was behind the front wheels. I even laid it under my Mustang to look at the possiblities and it looke promising. I paid $20 for it at a junk yard!! Does anyone out there know of a stock rack (Ford, Chevy, Dodge, ect) that can be SAFELY retro-fitted???

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catman_45
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posted 02-03-2002 03:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok guys, looks like the verdict is keep the manual steering and put rack and pinion on it (money permitting). My dad recommended the same thing, so thats what I'm going with, thanks for the advice!

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