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Steering System Questions
John B Offline
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I'm thinking of putting a manual rack on my 88. The current system is leaking at the rack and at various other points so it's either replace everything or delete and go manual steering. I know the majority people aren't fond of manual steering but this car isn't my DD and I love the way manual steering feels on the road. I know others have used a mustang rack (our outer tie rods are longer)but what have people done with the PS system when converting over? Is there a way to turn the PS pump into a giant idler pulley? I searched and found that one member used the alternator brackets from an 86 ranger with manual steering but trying to find the upper and lower alternator brackets from a manual steering 83-86 ranger 2.3 is nearly impossible.

My other question is on the steering shaft. I already talked with the techs over at maximum motorsports and the steering shaft for the mustang will work. I want to upgrade to get rid of the jag joints in the stock unit. I haven't looked at the Chilton manual yet but are there any surprises to swapping it? Does anything need to be moved out of the way? Trying to get an idea before I start this project. Thanks everyone
88 Turbo Coupe: Front mount intercooler, remote mount TFI, MGW short throw shifter... murdered out
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anasazi4st Offline
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John B Wrote:I haven't looked at the Chilton manual yet but are there any surprises to swapping it? Does anything need to be moved out of the way? Trying to get an idea before I start this project. Thanks everyone


The biggest problem you're going to have, IMHO, is the steering wheel. To effectively steer the car--three-point and sharp turns, etc--you're going to need a BIG ASS steering wheel (for the necessary torque), stock is not going to cut it.

My first car was a 1950 Oldsmobile, with manual steering and manual brakes. I swear, that steering wheel was more than TWO FEET in diameter (again, for the necessary torque). Even then, such turns were pretty much best avoided if possible.
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John B Offline
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anasazi4st Wrote:
John B Wrote:I haven't looked at the Chilton manual yet but are there any surprises to swapping it? Does anything need to be moved out of the way? Trying to get an idea before I start this project. Thanks everyone


The biggest problem you're going to have, IMHO, is the steering wheel. To effectively steer the car--three-point and sharp turns, etc--you're going to need a BIG ASS steering wheel (for the necessary torque), stock is not going to cut it.

My first car was a 1950 Oldsmobile, with manual steering and manual brakes. I swear, that steering wheel was more than TWO FEET in diameter (again, for the necessary torque). Even then, such turns were pretty much best avoided if possible.

Yeah, I hear ya and even though a bigger steering wheel does indeed help with torque, you can still generate the same torque with a smaller steering wheel... just takes more power. I know a few guys have done it but searching for details is tough. From what I've read, it seems that anything other than turning the wheel at a dead stop isn't terrible.
88 Turbo Coupe: Front mount intercooler, remote mount TFI, MGW short throw shifter... murdered out
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