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BaLleRz68
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From: Bay Area, CA
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posted 11-30-2002 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BaLleRz68   Click Here to Email BaLleRz68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 67 coupe with power steering and I want to convert to manual. I wanted to know what parts I need and what I need to remove. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

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mustangboy
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posted 12-01-2002 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably the easiest way is to buy a manual steering adaptor.It screws on in place of your control valve and converts it to manual steering.I have heard a few people complain of heavy steering afterwards though.I guess it depends on the size of your front tires and what engine you have(weight on the front wheels).The best way would be to actually get a manual steering box and change the centrelink as the manual steering boxes are geared differently to make steering easier.This would be a big job however (67s have the steering box with the non removable steering shaft)so thats why the adapter I was talking about is so popular.If your ever thinking about doing an engine swap or pulling your engine for any reason that would be a good time to change over to a manual box.

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Lennie_21
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posted 12-01-2002 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got manual steering in my 68 and I'm putting in a 289. I probably won't ever run anything bigger than 225/60/15 in the front. I've lowered the upper control arms 1" and changed to 620 springs when I converted over to disk brakes. Should that be alright and not drive like a tank?

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 12-01-2002 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lennie, I had a '68 Fastback with a 289, 215/60-15, and manual steering. It was a well cared for car. The steering was tight with little or no slop; heavy, but not intimadating at low speeds, and I was so much younger then...

for what it's worth, Charlie

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 12-01-2002 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another observation from a buddy of mine... Why do you find so many cracked Mustang steering wheels? Cheap plastic or manual steering???? Charlie

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tomslo
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posted 12-02-2002 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomslo   Click Here to Email tomslo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am getting ready to convert my cougar to manual steering. I have the manual steering adapter. I also had to get a new water pump pulley for my car. The swap looks to be fairly easy. Take off all p/s parts. Install new adapter where old control valve was. Done!

There is an issue of Mustangs & Fords that covers this swap. I am not sure what issue it was though, I'll have to go find it.

Tom

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2002 F350 4x4, True Blue, v10 Auto, 4.30LS, 35" BFG's
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tomslo
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posted 12-02-2002 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomslo   Click Here to Email tomslo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mustangs & Fords, April 2000. Sory, no scanner or otherwise I would post the article.

Virginia Mustang is where I got my adapter, $99.95

Tom

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