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mustangboy
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posted 11-17-2002 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The car I'm restoring was changed from a 6 to an 8.I think what the guy did was just weld the bigger outer tie rod ends to the rest of the 6 banger steering.I have done this swap on a 63Falcon but just want to make sure the mustang is the same.I'm assuming the steering box,centre link,idler arm and the inner and outer tie rods all need to be from a v-8 car.Is this correct or can any of the 6 banger stuff be reused?For those not familiar with all of my recent questions the car is a 66 coupe.

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amartin725
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posted 11-17-2002 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amartin725     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The steering box is the same, but from the pitman arm out, everything is different.

Al

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-17-2002 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The idler arm is also the same for a six or eight.

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mustangboy
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posted 11-18-2002 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So all I should need is a new centrelink,inner and outer tie rods with adjuster sleeves?

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RADRIDE
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posted 11-19-2002 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RADRIDE   Click Here to Email RADRIDE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex: are you sure about the idler arm being the same.I did my conversion some years back,but I seem to remember having a hard time finding the frame bracket for the idler arm,and the 6cyl arm was 1 piece.Any way thanks for the back-up on the other tread about not getting good feedback.

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amartin725
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posted 11-19-2002 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amartin725     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You need the V8 pitman

Al

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mustangboy
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posted 11-20-2002 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking through a mustang catalog and it appears I need the pitman and the idler arm as well.They didn't sell the pitman arm though,only for 67 and up.Are these available new anywhere?

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mustangboy
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posted 11-20-2002 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the idler arm, is the bracket that bolts to the frame rail different as well?Phoned Canadian Mustang parts and the guy says the only list one part but he didn't sound too sure.I have another catalog that imply's there is one for the six and one for the eight.(Just to clarify the idler arm and the bracket are sold seperately for 66s)

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mustangboy
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posted 11-21-2002 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone?

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senzstang
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posted 11-21-2002 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for senzstang   Click Here to Email senzstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The bracket is the same for the 6 and the 8.

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senzstang
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posted 11-22-2002 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for senzstang   Click Here to Email senzstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I should mention that the good folks at NPD helped me out on this. I needed a new bracket and I had the same question. They have them in stock at a very good price.

Phil

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mustangboy
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posted 11-22-2002 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Phil the bracket was a lot of extra money if I don't need it.

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