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punk6
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From: Green Bay, WI
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posted 11-30-2001 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for punk6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Charlie. I bought Craig Selvey's 70 Grabber in September and have been thinking of adding power steering. I have a basic setup, but all the stuff needs rebuilding, plus I need all new hoses. Instead of spending 4 or 500 to get everything up to snuff, I was thinking of buying a Flaming River manual box. They have a 16 to 1 ratio (same as p.s. I think) and have needle bearings inside. I don't mind manual steering, but I'm not sure if a Mustang box would fit a 70 Mav. The interchange info on your website seems to list everything but steering boxes. Do you know if a Mustang would fit, and if so, what year? Thanks.
Tom

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74merc
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posted 12-01-2001 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
seems it wouldn't work, Mustang box is too big, I think it had to be a Fairlane?
Charlie will pipe in soon enough...

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69maverick
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posted 12-01-2001 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Falcon box should fit right in on that car?
I think that is a 69 model right?

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cpmaverick
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posted 12-01-2001 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Mustang boxes are smaller, because Mustangs are wimpy compared to Mavericks

Mavericks use a Fairlane box,casting number bgeins with C60. I've tried to make a Mustang box work; its impossible without extending the steering column (a big job).

Most Mustang rebuilders rebuild the Fairlane boxs.

But, on the other hand- Why convert to power steering? Ford power steering has no feel, and these cars are plenty light to not need it. Plus, that Grabber is all original. My opinion though.

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punk6
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posted 12-03-2001 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for punk6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 70 Mav I had back in 1977 had manual steering -- it wasn't that bad.
My Grabber's steering box feels "tight," it doesn't return to straight ahead after a turn. I'm wondering if other factors could be involved, like ball joints, or other suspension parts. I did jack up the car to check the steering box back lash, it seemed okay. Any ideas or suggestions w/be appreciated.
BTW, I was thinking about one of those Flaming River boxes, instead of power steering.
Thanks. Tom

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