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Old 02-24-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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65 I6 steering

Hello Mustang Enthusiasts! Ok so I have a 65 mustang I6 with all stock steering other then new polly bushings and a big ol front sway bar, I have decided to try and auto cross with a buddy (he also has a mustang) locally but the tech inspection to get into the race requires less play in the steering than I have right now. I am pretty certain that everything in the steering is tight and nice other than the steering box. I have been looking at steering boxes like this one
FR1497Q Mustang Flaming River Steering Box 1" Sector Long-Shaft Style 16:1 1965-1966 | CJ Pony Parts

now I have two questions: will the pitman arm for the I6 fit on the end of a steering box like this one? and how do I found out if I need a short shaft or long shaft steering box kit?

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Oh and its a manuel steering car! Don't know if that will change anything but the more information the better right? haha
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Im pretty sure it's the 1 1/16? Or 1/8. I got the same box and the wrong pitman arm and had to make some stuff for it to work. But just to make sure you can measure the the bolt on the bottom of the steering box when the nut is.


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What did you have to do to make it fit? Have any pics of it by chance?
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What did you have to do to make it fit? Have any pics of it by chance?

I had the buy a new pitman arm drill out the hole( this pitman arm doesn't have w stud) tap it put a stud on it. Then on the center link i had to drill out the hole make a brass busing press it in and then put it all together and out a nut on it snug it down to where there wasn't a lot of binding between the center link and pitman arm. Then another nut to lock everything in place. Which wll could have been skipped if if you get the right shaft it's pretty easy to measure i just didn't realize there were different ones till it was too late


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Ok that doesn't sound to terrible if it ends up that I can't pass inspection without a new steering box ill take some pics when I put it in and post them.
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65 I6 steering

Yeah wasn't too bad but im pretty it's the 1 1/8

So this is the one you probably should get

http://www.cjponyparts.com/borgeson-...8-1970/p/SB16/

And if you keep scrolling down on that page it shows the pitman arm. If yours has the stud then you know forsure it's the 1 1/8th


Edit: I just realized that you have a 65. It looks like if the steering column can be disconnected at the box then you need the short and the long style the whole steering shaft is one unit. And disregard all that other stuff haha
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'65 should have a 1" shaft. Some '67 (I think) then '68 had had the larger shaft. You shouldn't need a new pitman arm. I put a Borgeson Power steering conversion on my '66 6 cylinder. The pitman arm is not an issue.

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Oh yeah, you'll need the long shaft. The original had the shaft attached to the box and you can't remove it.

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Thanks TYoung and MatCox I can't really remember how much play I had in the steering so when the snow over here in Iowa is gone Ill get the old girl out and see if I'll need the new box to race (most likely will). Thanks for all the help now I know for sure which one to get!
I must say if it wasn't for this forum and all the information you guys spew out on a daily bases my car wouldn't be nearly what it is now
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No problem!


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Have fun! I always thought I'd like to do that but now I've spent too much on the body! Maybe I need another one to tinker with...

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