Hi all, thanks for the comments.
, your bantering mimics the conversation in my head!
Some more information: One of my main goals is to improve the steering in my 68 GT 390 4 speed FB. I want it be an over-the-road trip car for my fast approaching retirement years; sort of any older, wiser KellyH! (Accolades intended). When I purchased the car the steering was so vague and sloppy it was on the verge of dangerous. The original manual steering was upgraded to power by a PO (source and quality of parts is unknown). Considering the quality, or lack thereof, of every other mechanical system in the car I canít verify that it was done correctly. Iíve installed new tie rods, a roller idler arm from Opentracker and a rebuilt control value from Chock. Iíve also installed Global West full roller tubular suspension with Arnic drop plus subframe connectors; Blisteins from SoT; roller spring perches and export brace from Opentracker. It has new Cooper Cobra 235/60 x 15 tires on 7x15 American mags (replacing old BFGs). Alignment is to modern specs (+4 caster, -1 camber) by an old-school shop. I don't intend to add headers.
The problem is the steering is still vague and sloppy (but not as bad as before). When I jump in my weekend warrior 16 yr old Ranger 4x4 I wish the 'Stang had such good steering! (And letís not compare it to my DD Mini!).
I am thinking of two plans of actions. First, send the steering box and ram to Chock (hell, the entire system from outer tie rod to outer tie rod!), add ZRayís support bracket, and replace the ram bushings with polyurethane. The second option is to install a rack & pinion. Iím also considering 16Ē diameter wheels with modern design tires (225-245/50-55).
I, like most, don't want to spend money on something (rebuild current system) just to take it off and threw it in the corner of the garage (which doesn't have much space left).
I have been very hesitant on getting r&p for two reasons: loss of turning circle and loss of the under-engine support bracket. The TCP version suffers from the second and all other systems allegedly suffer from the first. Shaun posted a comment here that his system (Unisteer product) does not lose any turning circle (goes to the steering stops in both directions). I have had an email discussion with Shaun. My post here was to obtain real-world daily driving commentary. This includes how the racks hold up in a big block car that encounters the pot-holed world of the mid-Atlantic. Yuck!