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Recent Vehicles. Refine results by: Current Vehicle Recent Vehicles. Recently Searched. Show Recent Vehicles. X Welcome International Customers! Results 1 - 25 of View By Product Groups. Instructions Large Image Video. Instructions Multiple Images.The only thing worse than not having a taut-handling car is not being able to take full advantage of everything a great suspension promises because of an ancient, slow manual steering gear box.
That was Shannon Hudson's dilemma. You may remember his lime-green Plymouth Valiant from a previous story " Plymouth Valiant - Total Handling Transformation ," July '10where we detailed its Hotchkis-bred suspension upgrade. The improvements included shocks, torsion bars, leaf springs, sway bars, tubular front upper control arms, and tires and wheels.
All these pieces put this little Plymouth Valiant A-body on its way to a fun-loving life of canyon-carving—at least, that's what Shannon thought. But hampering that enthusiasm was a wretchedly slow manual steering gear box that was far better suited to drag racing than any sort of apex-carving performance work, especially when it came to the autocross.
Normally, a power steering gear box upgrade would be simple a bolt-in deal, but Shannon had also added a Vortec centrifugal supercharger, which created subtle problems. But solutions come to those who persist. Shannon learned that Borgeson, the high-performance steering specialists, had adapted Mopar mounting lugs to a petite import power steering gear box that would bolt directly to Shannon's Plymouth Valiant and any A- B- C- or E-body Mopar.
The box also uses the same Pitman shaft diameter as the original Mopar box, so the factory Mopar Pitman arm can be reused. One big advantage for this new steering gear box is that its smaller size also creates an opportunity for swapping in a late-model Hemi engine, something Shannon is considering. With all these benefits, the technical moon and stars all appeared to align to make this conversion. The new power steering gear box twists a much quicker ratio, offering far superior feedback to the old, one-finger '60s boxes, and it's leagues quicker than the manual steering gear box.
Check out how Shannon made this system work to his advantage without resorting to an expensive custom K-member and rack and pinion. Bleeding the System With a new steering gear box and pump, there is one remaining step to complete before the first test drive.
With the pressure and return hoses installed, fill the system with quality power-steering fluid and raise both front tires off the ground. Slowly rotate the steering through its entire sweep lock to lock while watching the fluid in the reservoir. You should see bubbles in the fluid, which is air displaced by fluid.
Maintain the proper fluid level and continue to rotate the steering until the bubbles no longer appear. Now start the engine and check for leaks. The first hurdle to clear involved mounting the power-steering pump on the driver side to work alongside the Vortech centrifugal supercharger that Shannon had recently been installed. Other necessary conversion parts included a KRC pump, pulley, and mounting bracket.
This photo shows how tight the stock manual box is in the car. Stock Mopar power-steering boxes are larger, which was a major reason for the Borgeson conversion box since Shannon eventually wants to install a late-model Hemi.Display Options. Already know the part number you need? Click here to enter them directly into your cart. If you are an international customer who ships to a US address choose "United States delivery" and we will estimate your ship dates accordingly.
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Beat-a-Price Guarantee Details.Driving classic Mopars with stock, sloppy, or leaky power steering systems on today's roads can be challenging. Manual steering is even worse with its slow ratio. A wandering car that requires constant fighting with the tiller is not an enjoyable ride. Many folks convert to rack-and-pinion steering and coilover suspension systems for that modern feel, but going that route is more expensive and labor intensive.
Our plan here is to stick with the traditional steering box and torsion bar suspension setup, yet enjoy steering that is as close as it gets to a rack-and-pinion set-up. We've been hearing lots of positive feedback about Borgeson's retrofit faster-ratio power steering system. Stock is It was designed to give Mopar classics that modern feel in the steering wheel. Face it: the steering systems on our A- B- C- and E-Bodies were designed over 50 years ago, and they don't deliver the road feel, accuracy, or feedback we've become accustomed to with our late-model daily drivers.
Keep in mind this is also a great upgrade for cars with manual steering. Modern power steering brings much more driving enjoyment and safety on today's roads with crazy traffic situations. Installation on our '65 Dodge Coronet was quite easy with its open engine compartment waiting for the incoming Gen 2 Hemi.
Just remember, the most important part of the job is precise measuring before cutting the steering column shaft. The Borgeson coupler is stronger than the stock coupler and will provide smoother and tighter steering.
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Ironically, our power-steering—equipped early B-Body '65 didn't need its steering column shaft cut. Cars originally equipped with the shorter, smaller manual steering box will surely need to cut the longer steering column shaft.
We feel the Borgeson power steering system is a better route to take than rebuilding the stock setup steering box, pump, steering coupler, hoses, etc. With its quicker ratio, all new parts, and modern steering feel, your classic Mopar can drive like a newer LX-body car. To complete our swap and be worry-free about leaks, we ordered a new power steering pump our original leaked and hoses. Once the hp ci Street Hemi is under the hood of our project, we'll have plenty of confidence while driving our classic Dodge.
Catch up on previous stories about preparing the Cool Blue '65 Coronet to handle the incoming rock 'em, sock 'em Hemi! Installing Wilwood Steer Without Fear! Dan Foley Author. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.Firmer steering boxes are available, but that still leaves you with the heavy, factory steering box that was designed in the s. The smaller Borgeson steering box packs a powerful punch when it comes to performance, and is the hands-down winner over the larger factory box.
Manual steering is fine for cars that run the quarter-mile, but the convenience of power steering is nice on a bigger car. Unfortunately, the factory boxes have a very soft feel to them, and for an enthusiast a firmer steering box gives you more control, and a better overall feel.
A rack-and-pinion upgrade would be nice, but it requires reconfiguring your entire front suspension, and that can get costly and create problems with other components.
So what can you do? Good news is here, because Borgeson has a solution for the classic Mopar steering boxes. They now offer the much lighter, Delphi Series steering box and they have modified it to fit the Mopar K-member. The Borgeson conversion has a quicker, ratio, and also provides a firm, modern power steering feel. Size Matters. We compared our steering before and after the conversion, and it made quite a difference. The feel of the steering is no longer sloppy, giving us a much firmer feel to the steering, which will help with daily driving — as well as out on the racetrack.
This new unit from Borgeson will work for both manual and power steering cars. Borgeson Steering Conversion. The steering box fits the following applications: A-body; B-body; C-body; E-body; and F-body vehicles. The Borgeson coupler on the left requires cutting the column shaft. Bergman Auto Craft developed a coupler that mates the Borgeson Gear to the factory column without any cutting. Borgeson offers a universal joint coupler to mate your steering column to the conversion box, and this requires some cutting of your factory column to install their steering coupler.
We chose to use the Bergman coupler for a couple of reasons: the first was that it keeps us from having to cut the hardened steering shaft; the second is that this coupler from Bergman makes the steering conversion reversible. Bergman Auto Craft makes a longer coupler to make up for the gap between the factory steering box and the Borgeson unit.Valiant V8 engines:,and courtesy of allpar.
The first LA was thewith a two barrel carb, producing gross hp. Introduced to Americans init had a thin-wall casting and simpler wedge-heads and valves, which saved around 50 pounds over the existing A-series V8. The ended up being only fifty pounds heavier than the cid slant six. Ina four-barrel carb and high performance cam could push that up to hp; and, ina limited edition with a cfm carb and. Engineer Pete Hagenbuch said:. The LA for Light A engine was developed with a wedge chamber, first as a cid and then as a Remember, this was the time the car lines expanded to three bodies, A, B and C.
When it came to the LA engine we made all the valves tipped to the intake manifold and inline as viewed from the front of the engine giving it a wedge shaped combustion chamber. The reason we went to such a change, which triggered totally new cylinder heads and manifolds for the engine was that the engine was designed to go into the Valiant car.
The Valiant car was originally not designed to take a V-8 engine.
So we were really limited in every which way about getting the engine in place and the older A engine was simply far too wide at the cylinder heads in order to go into the car. So we put the wedge head engine, cylinder heads on top of the A engine and that was what we needed to do in order to get that engine into the Valiant. In the process we also wanted to take a lot of weight out because the Valiant So we took as much as we could out of the cylinder heads and the intake manifold and the cylinder block which is of course the largest and heaviest piece of an engine.
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That triggered a new casting process for the cylinder block that allowed us to make all the walls thinner and we took a lot of the weight out of the block. From going from our polyspherical chambers to the inline valve wedge chambers we found it was a wash. There was concern that it would be a loss but it was not. Thanks, Jim Deane. Inthe got a hydraulic cam; the forged steel crank was replaced with a standard nodular cast iron crankshaft to save money the also used the iron crank.
The predated hardened for unleaded fuel valve seats. The 5. The was never used as a performance engine by Chrysler; the four-barrel matched it in peak horsepower, and the more performance-oriented was quickly released in It had hydraulic tappets from the start, but hardened valve seats were not used until at least The was used as a police engine, mainly in the M-bodies Diplomats and Gran Furys ; it was, in most years, the largest engine available in four-door Valiants.
With the and around, the kept its "economy carb" from throughwhen it got a four-barrel option to make performance acceptable with California emissions systems.
Starting in the mids, exhaust-valve seats were induction-hardened for lead-free fuels. The exhaust-valve stems were chrome-plated for increased resistance to wear. Starting in the mids, Chrysler V-8 and 6-cylinder engines have an adaptor to receive a magnetic probe for timing the ignition magnetically you can still set the ignition with a timing light ; magnetic settings are more accurate.
Electronic Lean Burn was standard in the U. The carburetor was over a half pound lighter than the previous carburetor, and was designed for solid-fuel operation: a solid, continuous stream of fuel was fed to the primary discharge nozzles by the metering system.
The fuel was mixed with air upon entering the nozzles. Mine was aand it stumbled and sagged badly from the time it was started until it was fully warmed up It did this from the time it was new. This is a classic sign of a too lean mixture. This can be done without disassembling the carb. I did this on my car, my dad'sand my uncle's Worked in every case. Another problem I had with that car was pinging at light, not heavy load.Borgeson has now developed a modern power steering box for the Mopars.
The Borgeson conversion box offers a quick ratio, firm modern power steering feel, drastically increased header clearance and a 10 weight savings over a factory power box. The steering column will need to be shortened for installation of this conversion box. Use of a power steering cooler is highly recommended in these applications. Connection to the box is then made by drilling and pinning our Mopar vibration reducing universal joint coupling to the shortened steering column shaft. Drill bit and pins included with coupler.
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