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deadhead
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posted 10-18-2002 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deadhead   Click Here to Email deadhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The car is running finally and the engine is strong. I've got some detail issues to work out with the powerplant, but nothing unexpected. The front end, however, is presenting some problems.

We had everything off--tie rods, power steering control valve, pitman arm--everything but the idler arm. I've installed 205/60R-15s on seven-inch rims. I've got no clearance problems with the tires. I do have a lot of bump steer, and the steering will not return to center when I let go of the wheel. It will hold a nice, straight line down the highway, however. The steering was a bit jerky, kinda tight, so I took a quarter turn off the steering box adjustment nut. That seemed to help, but the jerkiness was not there before everything was put back together.

The guy at the front-end shop said he had a helluva time aligning it. It took him hours. Could we have done something wrong, like put the tie rods on the wrong sides?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much,

deadhead

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BLstangin
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posted 10-18-2002 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin   Click Here to Email BLstangin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know what your problem is, but after I rebuilt the front end on my mustang I have always had so bad bumpsteer, and but mine always returns close to center. Everytime I hit a bump my car pulls right and left, someday I will have to look into it i suppose.

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deadhead
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posted 10-18-2002 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deadhead   Click Here to Email deadhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is interesting. I also replaced all the power steering hoses. Now, the power steering control valve leaks like it's been shot with a 357 Magnum. I removed the power steering belt since I've been spewing ATF all over Norf Dakota, and the handling characteristics have improved dramatically. I can't be a judge of what is or is not right about manual steering, and the steering effort would take some getting used to, but the wheels center themselves much better than with the power steering hooked up, and I didn't notice any bumpsteer. At least not yet.

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posted 10-18-2002 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin   Click Here to Email BLstangin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ya, but my car is manual steering, but it has the quick ratio box, maybe that has something to do with it?

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deadhead
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posted 10-19-2002 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deadhead   Click Here to Email deadhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are no good pictures in the Ford Shop Manual showing which hoses go where, and an internet search didn't help me any either. Everything was tagged on the old hoses, and we did our best to put the new hoses back in the right spots. Mistakes happen, however.

Can anyone point me in the direction of some good diagrams or pictures for the '65 power steering hose setup?

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deadhead

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