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73 Mach Manual Steering
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So my 73 Mach 1 Q Code was actually ordered from the factory by the original owner WITHOUT power steering! Currently there is still no power steering on the car. My question is, is there a way to identify whether the steering can actually be improved even though it is manual? It is VERY hard to turn, mostly when going super slow or sitting still. I know that is "normal" but how can I know if it can actually be improved? Worn parts? Could the gear box need replacing? Would bad shocks make it harder to turn? Any advice would be great...
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#2
The holes are in the frame to accomodate the power steering gearbox. Just go to a junkyard and get the pump w/brackets and the gearbox and replace your rag joint as a safety. Manual steering these days is just nuts unless your shooting for concoarse original. But what your experiencing is Ford normal.

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I was also thinking of doing that. How involved would that be? I can't seem to find a schematic or list of PS parts I would need or what MS parts (linkage, idler arms, etc.) that are interchangeable with a PS system. It seems like such a daunting task. Does anyone have an idea of what such a project would entail?
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#4
I've found that avoiding super-wide tires up front does wonders to help the manual steering. Another item that helps is a thicker steering wheel so you can grip it that much easier. And finally, never slow down!
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#5
I've got a 73 that I'm chopping up. Tell me the parts you need and they are yours. Just pay the shipping.

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#6
a larger radius steering wheel helps also those Little grant steering wheels are a bad idea with a manual steering box.
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#7
GoldGlow73Mach;85779 Wrote:I was also thinking of doing that. How involved would that be? I can't seem to find a schematic or list of PS parts I would need or what MS parts (linkage, idler arms, etc.) that are interchangeable with a PS system. It seems like such a daunting task. Does anyone have an idea of what such a project would entail?
When I disassembled my steering it really wasn't that bad. I left the pitman arm on, disconnected the rag joint and the 4 nuts that hold the steering coloum in and it came right apart.

GoldGlow73Mach;85762 Wrote:So my 73 Mach 1 Q Code was actually ordered from the factory by the original owner WITHOUT power steering! Currently there is still no power steering on the car. My question is, is there a way to identify whether the steering can actually be improved even though it is manual? It is VERY hard to turn, mostly when going super slow or sitting still. I know that is "normal" but how can I know if it can actually be improved? Worn parts? Could the gear box need replacing? Would bad shocks make it harder to turn? Any advice would be great...
Naturally I didn't mean your nuts. Tongue Had a 78 pickup w/manual and it was a bear brand new. Swore I'd never have another. Dodgy

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#8
I too have a 73 q code with manual steering. I considered the conversion and decided against it. Over assisted power steering at speed is far worse than needing to put some muscle to it in the parking lot.

Don has it right, avoid wide tires up front and a steering wheel with a thicker rim is a huge improvement, even if it is a slightly smaller diameter.

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#9
Hi,

Don't know if you did something to "improve" your manual steering, but there is an electric system existing.
Name is "EZ Electric Power Steering". This is something I wanted to upgrade mine, but at least I prefer spend money to replace other things on my car, things I really need. At the beginning I was afraid about the manual steering, but now I find it ok.

http://www.ezpowersteering.nl/index.php?p=0&lang=fr

Bye.
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#10
The steering box is out of the car, to get more space to reinstall the left header.
So I want to inspect this manaul steering box, and refiil with grease I guess?
I have some books but nothing about the manual steering box.
If anyone can give me an advice, I will appreciate.
Thanks.
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