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« on: May 02, 2010, 03:04:36 AM »
i have a 1968 coupe, at the moment it has power steering but does not work. i am wondering what do i need to convert over to manual steering

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Re: power steering
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 05:38:16 AM »
You need rack and pinion.  It's costly, but worth it on your '68.
http://www.mustangmonthly.com/techarticles/mump_0612_ford_mustang_power_steering/index.html

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Re: power steering
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010, 11:06:12 AM »
The conversion from power steering to manual is simple - remove everything except the center link. That means removing the pump, belts, hoses, ram and the ram bracket. Your steering will be now be called "armstrong power steering" because the ratio, although usable, will be a little tighter at 16:1. (A manual steering box has a ratio of 19:1.) There will be no adverse affect on any component. If this is to be a permanent conversion, you may want to install a manual steering center link, steering arm and box, otherwide - drive it.
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Re: power steering
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 02:48:34 PM »
The "Armstrong" power steering I have in my '65 is difficult enough to turn the steering wheel at a dead stop.  I can't imagine "Armstrong" power steering in a '68 while paralell parked.  That car is quite a bit heavier than my little '65. Be sure to save all the parts, because you may change your mind later, or if your pockets are deep enough, you might consider the power rack and pinion as I have suggested.   

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Re: power steering
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 07:55:37 PM »
i took out the power steering and i was wondering if there was any way i could keep the old steering box but install the non power middle rod

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Re: power steering
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 09:21:53 PM »
also when i take the power steering pump off of my engine 289 do i need to replace with another pulley cause it looks like it is the tensioner and the belt is on the main pulley and water pump 

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Re: power steering
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 10:39:04 PM »
Check your alternator belt it should wrap around both your water pump and crankshaft pulley acting as the tightener.

 

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