4.5" of play in the steering is a lot. How about ZERO? That's what my car has.
It has a mildly hot-rodded Ford/Bendix power steering system. (Shelby "quick"
steer with bushed idler arm, polyurethane slave bushings, bigger P/S pulley.....
that kind of stuff)
On the track, about the most I turn the steering wheel is 1/4 turn. It's shockingly
responsive. That's a little less than 1/4 wheel in the photo..... the turn is the top
of the Budweiser Balcony at Willow Springs, it's about a 180.
ex-Global West GM
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