Has anyone tried a "600 Steering Gear" in a 66 or 67 power steering car?? I ran into a guy at a local car show that claims "it'll make your old goat drive like a modern rack and pinion equipped car". Wondering if there is any truth to it and whether or not it would be worth the $600.00?
Never heard of it.... if it's a power steering box, you have another option. Send your unit off to the folks at powersteering.com and have it rebuilt into a fast-ratio unit. It'll handle like gangbusters, and still be the original box. That's what I did with mine and I really like the results.
I had my unit rebuilt about six months ago and converted to fast-ratio, but the car still has a bit more play than I like. I googled the 600 steering gear and it appears you can get one from Hotchkis (they call it a Delphi 600 series power steering gear). According to their blurb " it utilizes the latest in steering technology including a rack and pinion style hydraulic valving" that eliminates any "slop and slush", no more "wondering and floating". Sounds interesting, but for $599.95 I am hoping for some real world feedback before jumping in to the pool!
I have oem standard ratio gearboxes in both of mine, and there is no play in the steering at all. Tight as a new vehicle. If you have excessive play, it's usually a worn idler arm, center link, or tie rod ends. I'd check for worn front end parts, first.
Good advice, we changed out the bushings and reworked the tie rods, center link, etc. and installed a beefier sway bar at the same time we had the box rebuilt, may have missed something. Will take another look.
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