What are you working on? Richard Fleener, Part 2

This is what the typical kit looks like. Borgeson has kits for manual and factory ps cars.

For me, one of weakest links in the Fords of our vintage is the power steering system. At least in my case, leaks from the system are constant and inevitable. I don’t know how many power steering pumps and power rams I have gone through over the years. I will not change out the system on my Talladega or Spoiler and Spoiler II but our Mustang is absolutely going to get a change. The systems are very similar and what I have done to the Mustang can also be done to most Fords with the power ram set up but the parts and process will vary from car to car.

The existing power steering system is usually a problem on these old Fords.

If you use your car for driving and not showing in a stock class this is a highly recommended change to your Ford. I ordered mine from Mustangs Unlimited. What you need depends on your engine whether your car has power steering now or you need a conversion kit. In my case, it even depended on the build date to get the correct kit. Even then all of the parts were not included. Mustangs Unlimited eventually were able to get me what I needed but I had to call Borgeson to get the part number for the item they did not include. If you are interested I suggest you go directly to Borgeson and buy what they recommend.

Some minor modifications may be necessary to your steering column.

Basically, what the kit does is remove the power steering ram and your steering box and replace them with one that includes a built in power assist in the steering box.  In some cases you can use your existing PS pump. I did. They recommend a new Saginaw pump but mine was good and continues to work just fine with the new Borgeson steering box.

Here is the factory steering box and shaft on the left with the new Borgeson box, rag joint and modified shaft on the right.

Borgeson offers modern integral power steering conversions for most Ford products. The Borgeson conversion box is a new manufactured modern integral power steering gearbox. The Borgeson integral power steering gearbox provides true modern power steering feel, feedback and a quick 14:1 ratio. Borgeson has manufactured this box to bolt directly to the factory mounting location and to fit the stock pitman arm. The column may need to be collapsed or shortened for clearance of conversion box depending on the model and age of your car.

The conversion was performed by R.E.S. Automotive in Franklin TN. Here Randy works on the installation. They do a lot of repairs for me and did a quick job of this modification.

For my 67 Mustang with factory power steering it was necessary to to trim the outer column tube for clearance of the rag joint and use a replacement inner column shaft.

For the first time in 30 years the Mustang does not leak power steering fluid and better yet it feels like a modern car. The approximate $1000 expenditure was far less than the rack and pinion options I had been considering. Granted, these usually include coil overs but I an happy with the Shelby style modified front suspension and lowering springs. The car drives better than it ever has. I am sure it is going to see more road time now!

The new steering box is truly a straight bolt on to the existing mounting location.

This photo shows the completed installation. Look closely and you can see the new steering box next to and below the master cylinder.

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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