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Old 11-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I'm looking to do a power steering upgrade as well as a tilt column upgrade in my 66. I'm a tall lanky guy so an extra inch or two will REALLY help me on the steering issue, and the old manual box is so burned out that I feel like I'm going to break part of the steering wheel trying to turn it sometimes.

What combo of power steering / tilt column parts do I need to make this work pretty effectively?

I'm trying to keep the budget on it somewhat under wraps. I don't need it to be a race winner, just a weekend cruiser. Power steering that is tight and comfortable would probably go a LONG way towards this.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For openers is your steering box full of the correct grease and properly adjusted?
Next there's fairly easy ways to increase leg room by 2+ inches. Dunno what you mean by tall and lanky. I'm 6' 6", the seat mod is one of the first things I do on any car. The dealer did the mod on my 64 1/2 as part of delivery set up.

Tilt and power will easily exceed $1000. Hey on a new car that's a tune up plus shocks!

Get some cats and shop around,


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Old 11-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 on steering box grease. Over time the original stuff turns into the consistency of clay. Shooting some new stuff in there while running the wheel back and forth from lock to lock (helps to jack the front wheels off the ground) to "mix" it back up can help a great deal. +2 on cutting down the seat riser to provide more head and knee room. IMHO the best tilt/power solution would be an Ididit column and Borgeson integral box.
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+1 on steering box grease. Over time the original stuff turns into the consistency of clay. Shooting some new stuff in there while running the wheel back and forth from lock to lock (helps to jack the front wheels off the ground) to "mix" it back up can help a great deal. +2 on cutting down the seat riser to provide more head and knee room. IMHO the best tilt/power solution would be an Ididit column and Borgeson integral box.

Also there's a track mod discussed here at length (pun is intended) that adds 2+" rearward adjustment.


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Old 11-21-2012, 02:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys but I still would really like power steering. So if anyone knows a good combo let me know
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+1 on steering box grease. Over time the original stuff turns into the consistency of clay. Shooting some new stuff in there while running the wheel back and forth from lock to lock (helps to jack the front wheels off the ground) to "mix" it back up can help a great deal. +2 on cutting down the seat riser to provide more head and knee room. IMHO the best tilt/power solution would be an Ididit column and Borgeson integral box.

Does the Borges on mate up directly to the ididit or the stock column..?

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289, Holley Carb, Edelbrock Intake/Water Pump, Northern Rad
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Next On the Agenda:
Interior - Soundproof, new carpet, tilt column (in progress), new steering wheel, seat extenders, Motolita MK3 (in progress)
Exterior/Body/Performance:T5 (In progress) weatherstripping, power steering (in progress)
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I did exactly what you are asking... visit my site to see what I did... feel free to ask any questions... it was a learning process that was easier done than said as it turned out.... LOL

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On a 66, the steering shaft coming out of the box is 3 feet long. The steering wheel bolts directly to it Adding tilt or the borgeson means major cutting on the stock components or wholesale replacement.
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On a 66, the steering shaft coming out of the box is 3 feet long. The steering wheel bolts directly to it Adding tilt or the borgeson means major cutting on the stock components or wholesale replacement.

Actually, the only cutting that is required is if you are NOT going with an Ididit tilt... then you only need to shorten the tube as Borgesen provides new shaft that is the correct spline to fit into their intregal power steering box... and as far as the difficulty in cutting the tube... one can use a hack saw if they're real careful and take their time to keep it straight... took me about 1/2 to cut and replace the tube/steering shaft assembly... then, of course, I yanked it to install the tilt... which was just as easy...

on a 1 to 5 level (5 being the hardest), i'd rate this a 2.5 for the average person if your car is stripped... 4 if you have to work around everything in place.
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