Mustang steering upgrade
Quick Fix for Better Driving
Kevin Harper - October 10, 2011 10:00 AM
We’ve already removed the old steering box from the location in the engine compartment. Some recommend removing the shock tower brace and/or the master cylinder. We chose the route of removing the exhaust, which is another option. You will need to do what is best for you.
The box has been planted in the factory location. This is a unit that bolts right into place in short order. We’ll set about connecting the hoses soon.
The supplied rag joint we used on this project. The directions explain everything, as the conversion kit may contain more than one, depending upon application.
The proper hoses and fittings are found in this package. Part number 925108 is what is needed for the Ford conversion box to the GM Saginaw pump. If you don’t want any GM parts on your car, you’re going to need a different hose kit. Borgeson has plenty of options.
It’s always nice to get into the engine compartment that offers plenty of room to work. The belt has to come off to get started on placing the pump. We loosen the tensioner and get ready to move to the other side of the engine compartment.
The pump bracket is a sturdy piece that will hold the new pump. The hardware includes spacers to help make belt alignment a cinch.
The new pump is in place with the pulley attached. You can see it should bolt into the holes already there. No need to drill or tap or any of that.
Time to slip the column back into place. Installation is the reverse of removal. It will be collapsed in order to hook it up.
The lower mounts have been tightened and now the work moves up the column toward the steering wheel, which goes in place after everything has been checked.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to re-attach the wiring harness on the column. Make sure everything is connected and every bolt is tight.
Resting on the shock brace is one of the new hoses. The caps are still on the orifices, but they’ll be discarded once we start connecting the box to the pump. You have the pressure hose and return hose. Follow the arrows and instructions.
The hose has been connected at the box and will now be attached at the corresponding point at the pump.
The belt hasn’t been replaced yet, but it looks like alignment is not going to be an issue. Correct connections at the pump and proper alignment of the belt are two important necessities when you’re dealing with this part of the install. Everything was fine and the road test was mere minutes away. The difference was understandably pleasant.
When you have a first generation Mustang in your garage, there are certain aspects that appeal to you. As time goes along, you soon find there are certain aspects that lose appeal.
Manual steering wears out its welcome in a hurry. In the mid-to-late ’60s, few gave any thought to it. It was an accepted practice. Whether we’ve gotten soft or spoiled through time is a debate that we don’t want to take on. The bottom line is that we have grown accustomed to certain modern conveniences and want them to translate to the cars of a bygone day.
Companies like Borgeson Universal completely understand and they have been upgrading steering systems for a number of years. Power steering upgrades to 1965-1970 Mustangs are becoming the rule rather than the exception, thanks to Borgeson’s simple upgrades.
It was time for the ’68 in our stable to get a steering upgrade. Borgeson’s power steering box will bolt right in to the factory location, so it becomes a case of “out with the old, in with the new”. If you have a 1965-1967 model, you are going to have to replace the column. For the 1968-1970 models, the factory column will need to be collapsed an inch or two. The instructions take good care of you to make sure you do this right. All steering boxes sold for this application have a three-year warranty.
In the case of a manual to power conversion, you will need a pump since there was never one to start with. As many have a tendency to do, we utilized the Saginaw GM pump. This particular pump is superior when it comes to better control pressure. There is no attempt at purity, only efficiency.
The column and the old box have been removed and set aside. It’s time to start putting things back together.