Re: Power steering to manual on a 66 coupe
OK OK OK....i;m here now!!
sorry been on holiday, only got home yesterday.....still catching up.
Yours is RHD and has ram power hook....thats a newie to me!....please send photos :)
Firstly, removing the power hook. There are two types of attatchment for the ram. One is to have a seperate attatchment point on the draglink. The other, the ram works 'backwards' and attaches integrally with the pitman arm.
The first one is most common, and is probably how yours is setup. In this case, all you need to do is simply remove the ram steering componants. Your steering geometry will not change at all. The only thing you will get is heavier steering.
As for the 4.5 lock to lock. It means a fair bit of winding on the wheel, but will keep things reasonably light, a bonus if you have fairly fat rubber. IF you want something a little quicker (more response), you will need a little more muscle, esp when parking etc. To get something quicker, you need to 100% identify your existing steering box. IF it is definatley an XY unit, then swapping it to a 16:1 would be no problem, as they have always been available.
As for your drag link. If it is also XY there is no problem there either. Some may say just deleting the ram can lead to integrity issues as you have the hole where it bolted in. I am not swung either way, but if you feel the need to fill the hole, simply bolt in the knuckle, lean in with a 1mm cut-off wheel and cut it flush. As its a taper fit, it won't work loose. Or you can search out a manual XY draglink.
The other thought that occured to me was why you would want to delete working power hook. The most common reason i ever hear of, is that its too light. This can easily be rectified by any power steer specialist worth his salt. ITs a simple matter of cutting back the pump pressure.