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Unisteer Rack & Pinion Power Steering Install

By FordFanboi

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I had one of the original Unisteer manual R&P kits installed. The one that cut your turn radius in half of stock and was sorely disappointed. Finally decided to get PS and heard good things about the Unisteer PS kit. Now that it's installed and I've driven around the block, I do like the performance. It's 2.5 turns lock to lock and the radius feels incredible. ( Maybe because I've dealt with the loss of radius for years ) Turns similarly tight to my 2000 Contour.

Being that I had the old Unisteer kit, I had butchered the column far shorter than the new kit calls for. I figured I'd use my existing linkage if the splines matched. They did, so I was all set. I think the geometry angle is better this way too. I have the Heddman 351w swap shorty headers and a hydraulic clutch, so space isn't much of an issue on my application.

I did have to cut 1.25" off the tie rod shafts of the rack, and also had to elongate the mounting holes to get it to clear the lower control arm mounting bolts AFTER grinding / cutting the lower control arm mount as required in the documentation. I have an OEM Autozone starter which the rack clears. The brass? skirt fastening bolt is close to the boot, but clears.

My rack was NOT centered when it arrived, so I had to re-raise it and remove the tie rod ends to adjust. Before raising the car, I found where the centerpoint was on the steering wheel and made note of the location ( about 1/6 turn counterclockwise). I made sure the tires were straight then disconnected the tie rod end linkage. Turned the wheel to the noted position then adjusted and reattached the tie rod ends.

I had to grind my water pump where the bracket mounts to get the pulleys to align properly.

I would recommend connecting the hoses before installing the connection to the steering column. The lower buckle makes it tough to tighten the return line to the PS pump.

Dyno numbers and gear ratios

By FordFanboi

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Ran across an interesting post that explains this well:

http://forums...2-post47.html
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Re: How does rear end gear ratio effect your Dyno numbers? (hogurt)
The dyno measures engine RPM and rear wheel RPM. From this data it computes a multiplication ratio that it uses in calculating the output at the rear wheels. The dyno can’t distinguish between a 4th gear 1:1 through a 3.42 axle and a 3rd gear 1.30 through a 2.64 axle. It has no way of knowing where the overall driveline multiplication is coming from or what gear the transmission is in. The dyno doesn’t fudge the TQ and HP or make any compensation for driveline inertia. It simply measures the acceleration of the drum over time. It can then compute the force (TQ) and plot this against time to yield power (HP) at the drum. It then uses the measured ratio between the engine RPM and the wheel RPM to compute the final numbers. The rotational mass from inside the transmission all the way to the front of the engine is constant. Any angular momentum (inertia) stored in these components upon spin up is an integral to the engines output and relative to engine RPM. A rear wheel dyno has no method see it as separate in anyway. Let me try to restate the fundamental idea. The engine produces 400lb.ft. of twist at the input shaft. If you run 1st gear 2.97 times an axle ratio of 3.42 (2.97*3.42=10.1) you have a mechanical advantage of about 10 to 1 at the wheels. If it were 100% efficient, we would have 4000lb.ft. of twist at the wheels for the dyno to measure. When a force of this magnitude is applied to the dyno rollers it will spin up to 50 mph much quicker than it would in 4th. This would mean the raw torque measurement would be much larger. But the dyno then takes the 10 to 1 mechanical advantage and divides the raw numbers by it. This division of the raw torque number by mechanical advantage factor corrects torque numbers so cars with different gearing can be compared. To put it another way, if in the above example we substitute 4.10 rear axle ratio we get the following: 4.1*2.97=12.2 mechanical advantage. A twist of 400lb.ft.becomes 4960 lb.ft. The extra 960 lb.ft. accelerates the car harder and twists the dyno drum harder. But in the case of the dyno, it sees the new mechanical advantage of 12.2 and uses the new higher number to divide the new higher raw number. In the end the bigger correction factor erases all of the gains in the measured raw torque.

408 buildup

By FordFanboi

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Ran across all the part numbers from the 408 buildup back in 2004 and figured this was a great place for me to store them. :)

- AD Performance -
408ci Stroker Kit (Scat 9000 Crank (4.00") / Scat Forged Rods (6.2") / Probe Forged Pistons (19.3cc dish) )
Total Seal Moly Rings - CR1001 35
Clevite Rod Bearings - CB-663 P
Clevite Main Bearings - MS-981 P

- Summit Racing -
Edelbrock Victor Jr. 351 Intake - EDL-2981
Mallory Unilite Distributor - MAA-3755401
Milodon 8 qt Deep Sump Oil Pan - MIL-30926
Oil Pump Pickup for 8 qt. - MIL-18365
Melling High Volume Oil Pump - MEL-M83HV
Melling Oil Pump Driveshaft - MEL-IS83
Milodon Aluminum High Flow Water Pump - MIL-16230
Ford Motorsport Polished Valve Covers - FMS-M-6582-E302P
351W Gasket Kit - FEL-KS2309
ARP 351W Head bolts - ARP-154-3603
Ford Motorsport head alignment dowels - FMS-M6026A302
Comp Cams pushrods for 351W - CCA-7835-16
Crower Lifters - CRO-66915-16
Clevite Cam Bearings - CLE-SH510S
Freeze Plugs - SLP-381-8015
RAM Pilot Bushing for Richmond 5 Speed - RAM-BU50J
Crane Cam Lube - CRN-99002-1
Red Line Assembly Lube 4oz - RED-80312
O2 Sensor weld-in bung - SUM-G2990

- Crower.com -
Crower Mechanical Lift Cam - 15359

- Car Shop Inc. -
Hedman 351W Swap Headers - HED-88660

Talbot style mirrors

By FordFanboi

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Found them at Summit Racing. Sure beat the black plastic ones she was rolling before!

Rear disc conversion

By FordFanboi

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Ditching the 1/2 ton truck drums and moving to disc. Kit is Summit early Ford large bearing ( SUM-BK1327-X ) and include SSBC single piston calipers. Process pics in the blog album below right.

Tires to fit the flares

By FordFanboi

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Ordered a set of 17x11 ( 5.25" backspace ) American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels to fit the 315/35x17 Nitto 555 tires. Stance looks great but is a smidge too wide for the flare with passengers riding in the back seat. I have 3/4" room inside so I may look at getting someone to shave 1/2" off the wheel mounting surface if enough is available, or if not, I'll just trim 1/4" from the flare lip.

Body modifications

By FordFanboi

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I've begun work on the fiberglass 3.25" flared fenders. There are no mounting holes pre-drilled, so I should be able to get the fit pretty straight. After fitting and drilling holes, I'll paint the fenders separate then the rest of the body. Painted the rear half last year so will match up the front. Haven't decided the tires I'm gonna run up there. I'm spinning 275's in the rear and may go 275 in the front. Minimum would be 255's. Gonna be a busy summer!

Suspension complete

By FordFanboi

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After a cold winter I've finished up the suspension upgrades and am moving on to body mods.

90% complete

By FordFanboi

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Got lotsa land - anyone wanna build me a garage?!?! =) Weather is seriously hampering my efforts in the carport. I've installed the UCAs, 2" drop shock tower cap, coil-overs, and mini sub frame with LCAs. I still need to yank the radiator and mount the front of the mini sub frame, but that and an alignment are all that's left.

Installation started

By FordFanboi

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I've torn down one side and have installed the 2" lowering shock tower cap for the coil-overs to mount to. I test fit the coil-overs and it seems to clear fine. Next is the UCAs. Last will be installing the mini subframe. On first inspection, I'll have to come up with a new radiator shroud support when I install it.

TCP Coil-Overs arrived

By FordFanboi

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The TCP Coil-Overs finally landed on the doorstep. Now that I have all the parts, I got her in the air and tires off. Test fit the 275x40x17 tires and they clear the stock equipment. If they clear the new equipment and clear the 3.25" flared front fenders, I'll move to 275x40x17 front and 315x40x17 rears. Should help me carve corners a bit eh!

Suspension Upgrades

By FordFanboi

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More parts arrived. Took a month, but the CPP mini subframe finally arrived. Just waiting on the TCP 600 lb/in coilovers with 2" drop. Will begin the install this weekend.

Suspension Upgrades

By FordFanboi

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Just received my TCP UCAs. Waiting on my Classic Performance Products front mini subframe to arrive which will replace the LCAs and strut rods and replace them with a one piece unit. I also received the front fiberglass fenders with 3.25" flares. Next to order is the TCP coilover spring conversion then tires. Gonna be an exciting winter of upgrades!

Quick install rain bonnet

By FordFanboi

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Since the soft top requires me to assemble then mount the frame, I need something I can roll up and stash in the trunk and just snap on when I park and think it'll rain.

Painted bumper continued...

By FordFanboi

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It's done! Managed to drop on the decklid and paint the bumper today. Sanded the chrome bumper with 80 grit on the DA then used self etching primer to make sure it all sticks. Gonna have to buff out the tape marks on the black from when I masked it off for the yellow, but no biggie. Very pleased with the results!

Painted Bumper

By FordFanboi

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I've been searching the web and really like the painted bumper look with the fiberglass decklid / spoiler. I photoshopped a resemblance of the photo I took today. Will photoshop another when I reinstall the decklid tomorrow.

Time to paint - prepwork

By FordFanboi

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Instead of just painting the rear quarters now that the flares are molded in, I decided to repaint the entire rear half and fix all the little nagging issues she's had. Also, I finally installed the functional side scoops, the kill switch, and the new lower valance.

Quarterpanel flare patches

By FordFanboi

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Had some major fitment issues with the quarterpanel flares, so I decided to make fiberglass patches to smooth the transition. Will do the same for the passenger side as well.

Painting the fiberglass decklid

By FordFanboi

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Had some SERIOUS orange peel issues to work out with the black stripe. Managed to wetsand it out, but it seems pretty thin. After a bit of rubbing compound on the buffer, it's looking nice regardless.

Hydraulic ( throwout bearing ) clutch conversion complete

By FordFanboi

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Installed the following new parts:

Aluminum 13lb flywheel
Mcleod clutch
Mcleod pressure plate
Mcleod hydraulic throwout bearing
Wilwood 3/4" clutch master cylinder
Manual trans starter with 0.1" shim
Rebuilt the Richmond 5 Speed - replaced 2nd gear and all syncros.

After ditching the 34lb flywheel, the throttle response is VERY noticeable. The clutch engagement is far too quick however. I'll be researching mounting options soon.

Reward for Coupevertible

By FordFanboi

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Ordered her some new parts! Finally getting rid of that 34lb flywheel for a 13lb aluminum one. Also getting rid of the RAM 3200lb pressure plate and going with a lighter diaphram style plate. Hydraulic throwout bearing is a possibility, but gonna wait and make sure I'm not moving to a Tremec TKO first, since the bearing is different between the two transmissions.

Cool ride of the week!

By FordFanboi

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Wow - shocked! I came home to a flood of emails and was pleasantly surprised! Thanks to Motortopia and all those that left kind comments! I've recently begun wrenching on her again, and this will keep me motivated when I have no knuckles left to bust!

Thanks all!

3" fender flares and new decklid

By FordFanboi

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The stock fender flares have been carving up my tires, so I'm finally getting around to installing a set of 3" flares. Tossed on a fiberglass decklid / endcaps as well.

Mavs go 10-2!

By FordFanboi

The Mesa State Mavericks football season is over with 10 regular seasons wins and one loss to the #2 team in the nation... by 1 point. Unfortunately, we ended up losing to Abilene Christian University in the first round of Division II playoffs. Was a good year - looking forward to next year. Maybe my tight ends will get some paydirt!

Go Mavs!

Roller Paintjob

By FordFanboi

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After reading about the "Roller Paint Job" on the internet and seeing the "98 Dollar Paintjob" in Hot Rod Magazine, I decided to give it a go. Perk is that you do little masking and can do it in the garage / yard and there is little paint loss so a gallon can do an entire vehicle.

Instead of Rustoleum, I chose Sherwin Williams Sher-Kem since it can be tinted to match my existing paint.

I'll post the photos to the album as I complete the stages. It works like this:

Coat 1
1 hour
Coat 2
11 hours
Wetsand out orangepeel
Coat 3
1 hour
Coat 4
Wetsand out orangepeel
Coat 5
1 hour
Coat 6
Finishing Wetsand
Polish
Buff

Rack and Pinion install complete

By FordFanboi

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Had some issues clearing the stock clutch linkage, so Unisteer worked with me to find a solution. They shipped me a 3rd U Joint and Heim Joint to stabilize the system. Took the family out for a cruise last night and it did well.

New look

By FordFanboi

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I've installed a front spoiler and foglamps in preparation for side exhaust sideskirts. The sideskirts will lower the sides visually, so I had to lower the nose to make everything more symmetrical. I really dig the new look too!

Rack & Pinion install

By FordFanboi

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The R&P kit is in, but there are some clutch linkage issues. This means a hydraulic setup is next!

Coupe-vertible's first

By FordFanboi

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Last night, for the first time in Coupe-vertible's life, she started and completely warmed up in cold ( 20 degree ) weather without touching the loudpedal.

EFI is a wonderful thing! ( Once tuned! heh )

Softtop Fabrication

By FordFanboi

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Photos and details on the vinyl softtop fabrication. My wife and I completed the entire fabrication ourselves. I fabricated the aluminum frame using the metal former at work, and the wife stitched together the vinyl using her sewing machine. Still a few problems to address ( no rain gutter - will use a beaded whelt to send water forward and backward instead of over the side ), but it has done a great job so far, even at 100+ MPH.
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