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Hey ya all, I figure the old steering box has go to go but I am turned off by the cost of the bolt in kits. Any one know of a bracket or way to use a cheap $250 pinto or Mustang II rack? I am not too concerned on fabricating the rest of the system that is half the fun. Thanks.
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I built my own using the "J" car rack. My cross member is similar in design to Randalls Rack. It wasn't that difficult. I just need to finish up the inner tie rod setup and adapt a pump. I have around $180 into it right now.
tweet66 I guess I am unfamiliar with what a 'J car' is outside of the old 1980's GM fwd cars (am I correct?). Did you weld up your own cross member out of plate steel or use an off the shelf unit? Thanks.
Yep that's it. J-car rack and pinion started in 1982.
Probably a couple more.
I built my own cross memeber out of 1/4" steel plate, using the steering box, idler arm, and cross-member bolt holes. It's a little overkill compared to some on the market but I tend to over-do things anyway (according to the wife)...
New rack cost me $85 and change at Autozone (daughter works there so I got the discount). Material, nuts, bolts, etc.. for cross member cost another $50. My labor is free (for me anyway...) U-joints came from my old TCP r&p setup, which sucked and was nothing like their latest versions. Extra 24" length of double "D" shaft was another $45. So far it's been cost effective for me...and I like trying to figure out ways to build my own stuff. That's half the fun of these cars for me.
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