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koolkat68
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From: hayward, ca usa
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posted 03-08-2003 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for koolkat68   Click Here to Email koolkat68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am thinking of going to manual steeering on my 68 cat. has anyone done this conversion? I know it may sound akward but I have my reasons. What parts wouls have to be swapped out?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-08-2003 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be the same as converting a Mustang.

There are two ways to do it, the first way is to swap the center link with one from a manual car and also swap the pittman arm, which is specific to p/s or manual cars. The problem is these parts are getting pretty rare.

The other option, which I'm doing with my Mach, is to get a manual steering adapter, which are available from National Parts Depot or Mustangs Plus, which replace the control valve on your current center link.

Then you just need to juggle your pulleys around so you use one belt to drive both your alternator and water pump. There are various ways to do this. If money's no object, a set of March pulleys are real nice.

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tomslo
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I recently did this using the adapter. It wasn't hard at all. All I needed beside the adapter was a new water pump pulley and belt. Your car may not need this, depneding on the current pulley setup.

Tom

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