The cases used for the power (16:1) and manual (19:1) boxes are identical, only the ratios are different and, since Ford's power steering (Bendix) is external you can swap boxes at any time to get about 1/2 turn reduction in steering wheel input then add the power assist later, if you feel you really need it. I have a 16:1 box with manual steering and 215/65R15's up front, Shelby Quick Steer Pitman and idler arms which reduces the ratio even more, and have no issues but, then again, I have decent-sized forearms from many years of "Armstrong Steering" set-ups. I'd say the manual steering is no harder at a stop than steering your lawn tractor and when rolling is similar to a new car with "sport" power steering.My 65 l6 has manual steering. I'm putting a 302 in it, and don't know what to do about the steering. How bad would it be with the manual steering?
If I were to convert, is there a power steering box that fits in place of the manual one?
This! My 78yo mother wanted power steering for sure. Could not see her getting stuck in a parking lot forgetting about keeping it rolling. And yes, my 78yo mother and my 77yo step-father drive a fully restored 66 convertible thanks to yours trulyA manual steering Mustang is easy, a pleasure, and fun to drive when all conditions are right. A worn out, binding system is not pleasurable.
When we were young, strong, it was a breeze. As we age the difficulty increases. Had a few over time that has expressed that very aspect, and converted. Drove their classic for years with no PS, then as age, arthritis, handicaps creeps in, the need for assist is wanted.
If I was a young, healthy person I would not add ps to my classic, But I would keep it stock, not add some ****eyed part off a Toyota, or made up rack steering.
Power steering off a 1965/66 Mustang fits right in, works great if in good shape! THere is no need to graft something from a **** ...Thanks for all your feedback guys. I will definitely start with it manual. It's not like I haven't got enough to do to it already! I guess I was just hoping someone would say 'the power box off a **** just fits right in'. Never mind.
The only bolt-on modern power boxes are aftermarket kits, like Borgeson, ABS-Powerbrake and Mike Maier. There are DIY posibilities, but they all require some level of mechanical engineering. "Modern" power steering are on my top 5 of mods I done to my car. To me it made the car way more enjoyable to drive.I was just hoping someone would say 'the power box off a **** just fits right in'. Never mind.