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I am sitting on about $1600 which is allocated to "enhancements" for my 66 Convertible. I have pretty much settled on brake/suspension improvements. I already have all new suspension all the way around (springs, control arms ets) as well as Granada disk brakes. I have narrowed my list of new improvements down to two:

1. Replace my worn manual steering box with a TCP manual rack & pinion rack AND install a power brake conversion.

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2. Replace my worn manual steering with a TCP power rack & pinion setup using a stock pump.

I figure that each of these would run about the same cost. I know what they say about opinions but any comments on the relative pros and cons of each would be appreciated.
 

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I would chose the first option and look at Trans Am Racing's power brake booster - I think you're looking at around $450 for that - I've been considering one for my 66, the stuff I've been reading have been raving about it - you might ask HoosierBuddy, he used one on his vert

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I will someday be able to justify the cost to SWMBO for a TCP set up. It will then make my 67 Perfect. I think I'd go the extra mile and get their pump.
 
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IMHO, I think easier stopping is more important than low effort steering. If the cash is burning a hole in your pocket, go for the power brakes, but otherwise wait a little longer and save up for both. I don't know if I would have the patience for that myself, though :)

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Go for the Rack and Pinon with the power. Then save up the 450 for the Trans Am racing booster later. Then you will have what I want in my car. TCP Power steering and Power booster on the Granada. Though my pedal right now is easy to push, but after I replumb in the braided line in a month on the front and rear I bet it will stiffin up.

One of these days I would love to get the TCP steering and complete coil over kit. I have the strut rods already and they are NICE! Wish someone would sell some of it used froma wrecked car or something.

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I have been looking (lusting?) over the TCP coil overs, strut rods and lower control arms for a possible future project. How significant was the handling difference after installing just the strut rods?
 

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You didn't say if it was a automatic or standard. You can't
put a booster in a stndard without changing the clutch to a hydraulic unit

My son got me into this and I'm having a ball
65 fastback, 289, 3 speed, Holly 1850, Edelbrock intake. SSB front disks in a box, Canadian Mustang "real big kit" suspension in alot of boxes,
Right now lots of boxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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get the power rack, you can always do the brakes later. If you get the manual rack your back to square 1 if you want a power rack later.

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What would stop me from putting a power booster in my FB with a 5-speed? The clutch doesn't get in the way of where the booster mounts...and Trans Am never mentioned a problem with a manual car.

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I think they are great! They give you an added adjustment you don't have with the stock strut rods. On my car they just wouldn't tighten up all the way - the old ones. I bought used ones to replace them, I even tried double washers and thick poly bushings) The things moved and clunked. So I layed out the 200.00 bucks for the TCP ones and it was like night and day, they fit right in, the tightened down and my alignment guy said they were really well done. He had to pull the wheels forward a bit more then I like in the wheel well to get the car to track straight....but they made it right. I still think there is too much load on the lower arms becuase of the Granada conversion. The springs are cut down 1 or 2" already and I still think the front sits higher then the rear. Eventually I will put in the coil over so I can just dial up the front. Kory

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According to TCP the power portion of the rack&pinion can be added at a later time.

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Go to the casino, double your money, then buy both!

Who wants to settle for one or the other. :)

1967 coupe with vinyl top. 351W engine with C-4. Work in progress.
 
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