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Cardone 276550 Thanks Brian Lewis

Just installed the Cardone 276550 steering gear in my convert today - WOW - what a difference. I previously had the fast ratio box that came on the car. This has a much tighter, firmer feel (never a bad thing). Excellent swap, and thanks to all who recommended it, and esp to Brian Lewis on his excellent write-up of the swap.

A note on the install - I decided to try the swap without unbolting the steering column and sliding it back. It was no problem at all. I attached the rag joint to the steering gear (left the pich bolt loose) and stuffed it in there. There is plenty of room - just line up the bolts on the rag joint to the holes in the column flange and have at it. There is one fat bolt and one skinny one - just make sure you have those in line and it works slick.

Jeez - solid body bushings and the IROC box in the last 3 days - feels like a totally different car. The Hotchkis SFC's come next week - those and some poly control arm bushings and I think I'll call it good on the susp.


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He, He!!

And then for a 496 BB heart transplant!!

He, He!! I just had to..........

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Paul - I"ll get started on that right after you get your car on the road


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Paul - I"ll get started on that right after you get your car on the road
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I gotta say you got me!!

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Glad it all worked out well, yes this is a great upgrade. I can't take all the credit, I simply came to this forum a few years ago and compiled the bits and pieces of information from all over and put it on a single page that is simple to understand. Enjoy!

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So does this steering box use metric fittings for the hoses?

Does it swap into an early 2nd gen also?

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So does this steering box use metric fittings for the hoses?

Does it swap into an early 2nd gen also?
The 3rd gen box has metric female threads, but they are "close enough" to the SAE(?) male threads on your existing hoses that it works just fine. Mine threaded together with absolutely no resistance at all - try it on the bench before installing the box - the angle when it's down there is a bit awkward.

It should swap into a second gen as well - not sure on the rag joint part, or if the internal stops are good to go - hopefully someone can answer that better than me.


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I want to buy a decently priced set of "crow's-foot" wrenches in both SAE and Metric just for this and just haven't is all.

I figure hopefully that the $12 to $15 sets will do me nicely?? Not Pro- quality at all here is all...

Just like the 1/2 priced HFT muffler pipe expanders too.

I figure if I live long enough to use them once, they are paid for!!!!!!

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I did this conversion last summer too - also thanks to Brian's excellent write up.

Getting thru the metric gear-to-SAE-pump can be tricky. I ended up buying the DSE braided lines that were supposed to be specifically for this conversion, but they still required me going to a hose and tube shop to have them finished.

Overall, the second best upgrade I done to the car - power front disc brakes being the first best.

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I purchased a set of snapon crowfoots 30 years ago and they dont look any differant than the backups I got from Harbor Freight. They are decent.

Really come in handy with the ps hoses.

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