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CATMAN
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From: PALMDALE CA.
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 04-02-2000 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CATMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MY '68 TORINO HAS POWER STEERING, WITH A "SMAF" STAMPED ON THE TAG. ACCORDING TO THE MUSTANG SHOP (WWW.THEMUSTANGSHOP.COM) MY STEERING BOX IS FROM A '67-'68 FALCON, AND SHOULD BE A 16:1 RATIO WITH 3 3/4 TURNS LOCK TO LOCK, MINE TAKES ABOUT 5 AND A LITTLEBIT TURNS LOCK TO LOCK. IT TAKES FOREVER TO TURN, ALSO WITH THE POWER STEERING THIS THING IS REAL SPOOKY TO DRIVE, I CAN'T FEEL THE ROAD AT ALL. DOES ANYBODY REMAN THE 16:1 BOX ? IS THE "67 "68 "69 STEERING BOX THE SAME DIMENSIONS AND STRENGTH AS THE TORINO BOX ? THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN YOUR FORUM. BUT BELIVE ME, IT WON'T BE THE LAST. THANX
CATMAN

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Moneymaker
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
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posted 04-02-2000 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wecome to M&M Catman! Chicago Power Steering out my way rebuilds all gear boxes power or manual. Their phone number is 1-312-842-3083. I hope that can help you out some. Otherwise contact fellow member Mark Tallent. He lives in Palmdale and he may know of someone closer to you. Alex

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 04-03-2000 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
a buddy of mine sent his box to Sacramento Mustang to be rebuilt...if you keep the power steering get a faster ratio box ...the no feel of the road situation is spooky and made worse by the fact wheel alignment specs allow zero caster within tolerances. I had to modify my 67Ranchero when i briefly had 245/50VR-16 front tires, it would not stay in its lane...i ended up using square lower control arm eccentrics (for adjustment)and shimming the upper arm to tilt it back and pulling the strut rod as far forward as it can go...this got 5 degrees caster and it steered great afterwards i also used the quick ratio PS box with manual tie rods . Parking took a bit of "Schwartzeneggering" but wasn't a problem except for breaking spokes on that wood-rim deluxe steering wheel.

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 01-30-2002 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CATMAN:
Thank's for the info, I did a little detective work into steering boxes for '68/'71 Torino's. Here is what I found.
There were 2 main boxes used in this time
frame, the "SMA B" which is the power steering box @ 16:1, and the "SMA F" for the manual steering @ 19:1 or 22:1 (there seems to be some conflict with the ratio).
I looked high and low and could not find a "B" model(Fairlane/torino). car of these years So I did some more research and found out the "X" model's (Falcon's) used the same gear boxes (but they are more scarce than the "B" models). Intrestingly, another
model had the same two gear boxes and that's the "P" model (the good old Maverick) and there are hundreds of them in the junk yards in my area. So if you're looking for a steering box for a '68 to '71 Fairlane/Torino
look under the hood of a '70 and up Maverick
and look for a "SMA F" for manual or a "SMA B
for the p/s unit.

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old fart
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From: ORLANDO, FLA. ORANGE CTY
Registered: Jan 2003

posted 03-19-2003 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for old fart   Click Here to Email old fart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The box from a granada with the booster sterring works too, thats what I used it ha sthe proper road feel. Always use a power box with a booster. A lot of these sterring boxs were Changed when the ball and bushings on the end of the drag link wore out. this was done to pad the bill because the rebuild kit for the ball and bushing cost only 20.00. and the sloppy stearing feel could be sold to the costomer as a worn out stearing box. Then if it was replaced with a manual box the steering feel went real mushy. my bet that what happened to your car.

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