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    Does anybody know why the steering wheel would travel about 4-5" when the car is turned off, very 'sloppy.' Do I need a new steering box? Thanks in advance

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    Rag joint, steering gear box, etc.
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    tilt wheel mechanism?i just went through the same issue in my 85.had to find another column.wheel would move a inch or more in each direction before my wheels moved.

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    Check your inner and outer tie rod ends too.
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    Sounds like a rag joint to me. Order 1 for a 1969 Boss 302. Ford has been parts bin engineering for decades and it was also used in the SVOs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teal95 View Post
    sounds like a rag joint to me. Order 1 for a 1969 boss 302. Ford has been parts bin engineering for decades and it was also used in the svos.

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    On an aside, this '83 T-top notch has something totally surprising; FACT0RY manual steering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    'April Fools!?'
    On an aside, this '83 T-top notch has something totally surprising; FACT0RY manual steering
    All the more reason to check the Rag Joint. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt4494 View Post
    All the more reason to check the Rag Joint. :P
    Ah! Incredibly this car has only 78K orig mi. I'm looking at the MSRP right now; evidently was $6727, but as delivered $8351. Think with Financing, it was $10K out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    Ah! Incredibly this car has only 78K orig mi. I'm looking at the MSRP right now; evidently was $6727, but as delivered $8351. Think with Financing, it was $10K out the door.
    Yep and in 2004 I paid $1750 for my DD '84 GT350. I could sell it anytime I want for $5 - 10k. and it still has its tired original paint. and I'm the 2nd owner with all paperwork including sticker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt4494 View Post
    Yep and in 2004 I paid $1750 for my DD '84 GT350. I could sell it anytime I want for $5 - 10k. and it still has its tired original paint. and I'm the 2nd owner with all paperwork including sticker.
    Oh sweet! With my '83 GT I am the 2nd owner as well. Question, were you near USC? A buddy of mine from High School attended USC, and also my cousin was stationed at nearby Ft. Jackson.
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    US is in Columbia and that is about 1.5 hours away. We are on the coast. We have Joint Base Chas. here. Just A.F. and Navy.
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    I installed a flaming river manual rack and steering shaft in my pace car. Control arms/bushings/ball joints, rack bushings, tie rod ends, struts, and pretty much everything associated is new. It's been installed for a few years now, but probably less than 200 miles on them. Steering is now very loose. I'm not going to drive it until I figure out what's wrong. Looking like it's the flaming river shaft at fault but I just haven't had the time to start digging into it. I know I didn't care for the design at all, but went ahead and installed anyway. Bolts still tight and I used red loctite. I think from now on, I'll just modify a factory shaft by welding on a u-joint in place of the rag joint. I have the parts on hand for manual and power steering shaft. The u-joints are available from Summit and several other places.
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    79 Pace Car - 331, t5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncojunkie View Post
    I installed a flaming river manual rack and steering shaft in my pace car. Control arms/bushings/ball joints, rack bushings, tie rod ends, struts, and pretty much everything associated is new. It's been installed for a few years now, but probably less than 200 miles on them. Steering is now very loose. I'm not going to drive it until I figure out what's wrong. Looking like it's the flaming river shaft at fault but I just haven't had the time to start digging into it. I know I didn't care for the design at all, but went ahead and installed anyway. Bolts still tight and I used red loctite. I think from now on, I'll just modify a factory shaft by welding on a u-joint in place of the rag joint. I have the parts on hand for manual and power steering shaft. The u-joints are available from Summit and several other places.
    Good to know. Thanks friend!

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    Nice fix. Iím all about diy and saving $ I will keep this in mind.
    and yes to the harbor freight welder. I have the same 1, just wish it could use smaller wire for body work.

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