Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Pleasant Hill CA
Need input on my Power Steering/Rack and Pinion Fiasco
Alright I've officially hit a wall on my 67. My current problem is with the steering. We all know the issues with these cars so I'm trying to figure out what my next move is. This time I tried to update my PS with a late model Pump because manual steering is way too heavy on 8.5" tires and my bad shoulder. After hooking it up I found that the car was trying to steer itself. Slightest bit of input and the ram takes over sending the car all over the place. I know the fox body Pump is a little higher in pressure so I put a Heidts Regulator in as well. Has anyone had any success with this conversion? I'm not sure what to do at this point. I really don't want to throw the old Pump in because it never fails to blow Type F all over the damn place. What's inew the car now is a quick ratio flaming river box, ram, rebuilt control valve, drop mount for the ram, AGR 5.0 Pump and all new arms, etc. After dumping massive amounts of money in the PS I'm reluctant to drop any more into it if I can't find a simple solution. I really can't afford a rack especially being a long column car but it's starting to look like I don't have an option so my second question is what experiences have people had with rack and pinion? The car is set up in an autocross/pro touring format. Brief summary is 330hp 289, lowered 3.5" up front and 2" in the rear with global west coilovers 215/55r16 in front and 255/50 in the rear. Car weighs in at about 2600lbs. So she's not really a straight line or a Sunday cruiser. So for my set up would I be better off with a manual or power rack? I've never driven one with either so I'm trying to figure out how heavy the steering would be without the power assist. Between my bad shoulder and the fact that I drive it like I stole it im concerned that manual would be too difficult when it comes to throwing the car around like an idiot lol. Any imput you guys have when it comes to PS or R&P would be appreciated cause I'm lost at this point....