SlotC, I have the power steering that Ford gave the car in '69. I replaced the high pressure line in 1982, and the low pressure line in 1985. They're still on there, no troubles. Factory steering box, never rebuilt, 170K miles. All of the R&P setups I've seen so far hang LOTS lower than my factory stuff. That, with the knowledge that R&P is in no way inherently better, why spend alot to gain nothing ?!
not on my car.
MMike, okay your son is going to drive this...how old is he ? What engine and trans does the car have ? How fast is he likely to go in this thing ? I should have asked about brakes before, but I have the factory front disks, and don't always think about the fact that everyone else doesn't always have them too.
If you trying to be cost effective, and your boy is really street driving this and not open tracking, the way to go is to get spindles, disks and calipers from a Granada, some years of Merc Comets, and some others. Its usually referred to as the Granada brake swap. Many years ago, when disk brake kits for a stang cost about 6-700$, I looked through the ball joint catalog to see what other fords and mercs had the same joints as our stangs.....then I went out to the salvage and started looking. I found a mid seventies four door mercury comet that noone was paying any attention to at all. I bought the front spindles and all their gear for 60$ total.
I spent the next three or four days installing this stuff on a 70 M1 351C 4V car. I used the proportioning valve from the Comet. Why Ford sold a car with that much power with drum brakes I can't imagine. But the disks were a nice addition and worked very well, stopping the car with zero issues from anything under 100 mph. If you're going to be going faster than that, you may want larger brakes. But Jr isn't going to do that, is he ? The pilot diameter on the hub is larger on the Granada disks, so you'll need to use newer wheels, or do what I did and pop them in a lathe and turn them down- 15 minutes of work, no worries.
Yeah, there are some who say that the Granada gear has more bump steer, and it does. But I really don't think there is enough to worry about. I drove the 70 with Granada spindles and brakes everyday for years, and never had or noticed any weird handling issues. And I went fast enough to learn that you want more brakes if you regularly exceed 100.....but no issues with 'bump steer'. We're talking about a kids transportation, here, not a racecar, right ? Tell us which engine & trans he has, and what you think it weighs, and I'll throw some part numbers at you.
And no, I do not work for these companies or sell any of the stuff I'm talking about, you're getting my free opinion. I make or lose nothing if you buy what I suggest or something else. Its going to be yer cash, yer car, yer choice.