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Correct Rag joint for 73 please
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Going through the post for rag joints I'm more confused now. Can someone direct me to the correct replacement rag joint for a 73 mach 1 with power steering. Will the Lares 201 work? Thanks
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The Lares 201 will fit with a non-tilt column (not sure if it works with a tilt column or not) and power steering, I just did mine. I unbolted the column on the inside, then I was able to kinda smack the column to make it collapse some to install the new rag joint. I took so long over analyzing it and when putting it together, it really only took about 15 minutes or so. Good luck and don't over analyze it.

Tom
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vintageman Wrote:The Lares 201 will fit with a non-tilt column (not sure if it works with a tilt column or not) and power steering, I just did mine. I unbolted the column on the inside, then I was able to kinda smack the column to make it collapse some to install the new rag joint. I took so long over analyzing it and when putting it together, it really only took about 15 minutes or so.  Good luck and don't over analyze it.

Tom
My is not a tilt. I'm also at a point where everything in my engine bay is apart. The power steering box is already off. Does that coupler just pull right off?
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(10-08-2019, 01:28 PM)73\ mach 1 Wrote:
vintageman Wrote:The Lares 201 will fit with a non-tilt column (not sure if it works with a tilt column or not) and power steering, I just did mine. I unbolted the column on the inside, then I was able to kinda smack the column to make it collapse some to install the new rag joint. I took so long over analyzing it and when putting it together, it really only took about 15 minutes or so.  Good luck and don't over analyze it.

Tom
My is not a tilt. I'm also at a point where everything in my engine bay is apart. The power steering box is already off. Does that coupler just pull right off?
 Take the pinch bolt out first!! Only joking, but yes it should just pull off. It may be a bit rusted so some penetrating oil would be beneficial. Clean the splines of course before replacing the Lares 201. I'm not 100% sure, but on mine I placed the cross-over plate, held by the two bolts, over the pinch bolt to stop any possibility of it coming out. The head of that bolt will be on top when you reassemble to the column. Lots has been written lately on this in other posts.
Geoff.

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Stanglover Wrote:
73' mach 1 Wrote:
vintageman Wrote:The Lares 201 will fit with a non-tilt column (not sure if it works with a tilt column or not) and power steering, I just did mine. I unbolted the column on the inside, then I was able to kinda smack the column to make it collapse some to install the new rag joint. I took so long over analyzing it and when putting it together, it really only took about 15 minutes or so.  Good luck and don't over analyze it.

Tom
My is not a tilt. I'm also at a point where everything in my engine bay is apart. The power steering box is already off. Does that coupler just pull right off?
 Take the pinch bolt out first!! Only joking, but yes it should just pull off. It may be a bit rusted so some penetrating oil would be beneficial. Clean the splines of course before replacing the Lares 201. I'm not 100% sure, but on mine I placed the cross-over plate, held by the two bolts, over the pinch bolt to stop any possibility of it coming out. The head of that bolt will be on top when you reassemble to the column. Lots has been written lately on this in other posts.
Geoff.
Thanks, I'll try to find those. I did see in a recent post about how the stock one is not perfectly round and has a flat spot as a guide kind of. How does it work with the new one being perfectly round? Again, it might all just make sense when I see it off. Now that I know it's probably more rusted on rather than bolted I'll just pop it off.
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(10-09-2019, 06:29 AM)73\ mach 1 Wrote:
Stanglover Wrote:
73\ mach 1 Wrote:My is not a tilt. I'm also at a point where everything in my engine bay is apart. The power steering box is already off. Does that coupler just pull right off?
 Take the pinch bolt out first!! Only joking, but yes it should just pull off. It may be a bit rusted so some penetrating oil would be beneficial. Clean the splines of course before replacing the Lares 201. I'm not 100% sure, but on mine I placed the cross-over plate, held by the two bolts, over the pinch bolt to stop any possibility of it coming out. The head of that bolt will be on top when you reassemble to the column. Lots has been written lately on this in other posts.
Geoff.
Thanks, I'll try to find those. I did see in a recent post about how the stock one is not perfectly round and has a flat spot as a guide kind of. How does it work with the new one being perfectly round? Again, it might all just make sense when I see it off. Now that I know it's probably more rusted on rather than bolted I'll just pop it off.
 The Lares 201 is the same as the original 13/16" diam. with the flat. The Lares 202 (I think) is 3/4" diam. and is round. 
This picture will show you the input shaft on the Saginaw 800 PS box on the Mustang.

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