Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 27, 2010
Photos By: Courtesy Total Control Products

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Project Cost
Since this is the first in a series of upgrades for this car, we figured instead of listing product pricing throughout the story, as we normally do, we'd keep a running tally at the end of each story to see the cumulative cost of building a capable classic Mustang for spirited driving that you can live with and drive on the street every day.

Product Part Number Cost
TCP Rack-and-Pinion TCP RCKPS-FD $2,098
TCP Power Steering Pump TCP PSP-FD $698
Polished Pulley Option N/A $20
Braided Hose Upgrade TCP HOSE-02 *$120
14-degree Reservoir Adapter TCP PSR-01 *$30
Total $2,966
(*when purchased with kit)

Personalizing Your TCP Steering Setup
Three elements of the TCP power steering system enable the level of assist to be varied to meet individual driver needs. The system can be adjusted to have low effort at the steering wheel for easy maneuvering in mostly low-speed conditions. For high-speed driving and racing, the steering effort can be increased to give the driver improved road feel through increased feedback. Initially set at the middle of the required range, the power steering pump output flow valve (1) can be easily changed to provide eight additional assist levels. Settings outside the range of the flow valves can be accomplished by changing the internal torsion bar (2), shifting the base point of the tuning range. Many vehicles have a tendency to drift right or left while going straight. The causes for this are numerous and many cannot be resolved. To solve this problem, steering bias can be adjusted to perfectly center itself with a simple adjustment on the servo (3).

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