rack and pinion
Ok here is the skinny on the rack and pinion. I have driven the car at least 200 miles so far with no problems. I had a friend of mine in a 68 corvette and I followed him to see what my turning radius was like, well it's not close. My son has a 65 Ranchero and have yet to get together with him to follow and do tight turns to check the turning radius issue. But I did check the travel of the front wheels with his ranchero and my futura and they appear to have the same travel. So I'm not sure I lost any, I was expected to lose some as racks don't have the travel as the stock steering. I will continue to test and keep everyone posted. I did call Maval about this issue and they can do a custom mod to my rack and get 20% more travel. This maybe an option when we do my sons steering. As far as the effort of steering. This thing steers with one finger no need for power assist, but don't let that deter you. You can put a power rack in as you see fit. Some of the finer tuning I plan on doing on the next installation is on the steering column. As you look closely to the column near the firewall the column was cut and all I did was install a washer and bushing to support the steering shaft. Well my machining (grinding) didn't come out perfect and I do have a very some amount of play there. Next time I will mic this and have a precision donut installed to remove the play. The copper bushing pressed on the shaft was luck, I found a perfect fit and pressed it onto the steering shaft and if fits right in the inner tube like a glove. Again it probably would be better to have a roller type bearing made and installed. Next time. Hope this helps. Again I am contunuing to test its feel but I am very please with the results so far.