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How To Install Integral Power Steering Gear
Borgeson Power Steering Stops The Leaks And Gives You Crisp 16:1 Steering Without Special Modifications
I am so over leaky Bendix power steering for classic Mustangs. So over it, in fact, I ordered a new Borgeson integral power steering system for my high school sweetheart-a '67 Mustang hardtop I've owned since 1974. When my father bought this 289-powered Sport Sprint as a second car for my mother, it was a well-worn $400 beater with 80,000 miles, 19:1 ratio manual steering, drum brakes that didn't work, Sears Dynaglas tires, and a bashed-in quarter-panel.
Thirty-six years later, the car is reaching the conclusion of a long restoration. I've installed four-wheel disc brakes from Stainless Steel Brakes, Flowmaster mufflers, bench seat, a groovy Mini-Tach from Retro-Gauge in Australia, Custom Autosound system with CD and amp, warmed up 289 with a roller cam and Cobra dress-up kit from Tony Branda, and a set of American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels. I've gotten the car just the way I want it except for the power steering fluid all over my garage floor.
When I was just about at my wit's end with the drippy factory Bendix power steering, Borgeson called and asked if I'd like to try its new integral worm-and-sector power steering system for '65-'70 Mustangs. I willingly obliged, glad to remove the old Bendix system and try something refreshing in a classic Mustang.
The Borgeson system bolts right in without major modifications and with simple hand tools. The Borgeson box isn't a new steering gear, but instead it's a proven remanufactured unit available off the shelf with a sporty 16:1 steering ratio. It's an affordable alternative to manual power-assisted worm-and-sector or aftermarket rack-and-pinion steering. Best of all, it maintains that classic Mustang feel.
We have to clarify the unique nature of our '67 Mustang's steering column, which gave us problems unrelated to the Borgeson system. During the restoration, we installed a '68-'69 collapsible steering column to improve safety, adapting it to the '67 collar and turn signal switch, which works fine with a stock steering gear or rack-and-pinion. It will not fit the Borgeson unit without modifications (column tube must be cut 1/2 to 1 inch shorter to clear).
When the Borgeson power steering installation is complete, inspect your work thoroughly. Make sure tie-rod ends are torqued and secured with cotter pins. Service the power steering pump with Borgeson's recommended fluid specification. Start the engine and run the steering wheel from lock to lock to bleed air out of the system. Visit a trusted alignment shop for a precision front-end alignment. While you're at it, have the alignment shop inspect your work.