Dearborn Classics
800-252-7427
www.DearbornClassics.com

What models are covered?
'64-65 Comet
'64-67 Fairlane, Ranchero

What do you get?
The rack-and-pinion unit, the mounting brackets, the centerlink, power steering hoses, U-joints to attach the unit to the steering shaft, and assorted hardware

What options are available?
Options aren't really necessary, since the rack is designed to work as either manual or power. To use it as a power rack, plumb it into a pump using the provided hoses. To use it as a manual rack, fill the unit with fluid and put pipe plugs in the hose holes. The rack-and-pinion kit can also be packaged with Dearborn's Mustang II-style front suspension.

Why should I buy it?
Engineered to integrate with stock components with ease, Dearborn says the kit installs in an afternoon with proper tools. Since proper geometry is retained, bumpsteer is not an issue.

Are any modifications required?
This rack-and-pinion system was designed to work with auto trans, column-shift cars, but there is an adapter kit that will work for four-speed manual trans, floor shift configurations. It does not fit column-shifted cars. Depending upon the age and condition of the original power steering pump, an upgrade may be required to provide adequate pressure for low-speed turning.

How do I buy it?
Direct from Dearborn Classics, through the website or by phone

How much does it cost?
Price: $950

Flaming River
800-648-8022
www.FlamingRiver.com

What models are covered?
'65-70 Mustang (also manual rack conversion for '79-10)
'55-57 Thunderbird,
'60-64 Galaxie
'55-57 Chevy,
'67-81 Camaro,
'68-72 Chevelle/ El Camino and GM A-body
'62-67 Nova, '63-82 Corvette

Steering Box Upgrade
'63-82 Corvette,
'66-82 A-, B-, C-, and E-body Mopars

What do you get?
Cradles vary from car to car for the rack-and-pinion conversion, and some systems will use center-mount travel bar-style racks, while others use end mounts, but all come with an application-specific cradle, rack-and-pinion, Grade-8 mounting hardware, wiring connectors, universal joints, and shaft support bearing. A new steering column is included when necessary, otherwise the original is retained and modified slightly. Power steering kits add a power steering pump with billet bracket and pulley, and polished aluminum mounting reservoir (hoses are sold separately).

What options are available?
Rack-and-pinion conversion kits are available in either manual or power for most applications, and either a small- or big-block design for first-gen Camaros. 1962-'67 Novas can choose between front or rear steer, while '65-70 Mustangs have options to accommodate Granada spindles and the original-style four-speed linkage. Custom headers specifically designed to clear the rack-and-pinion cradle are available for most GM and Ford kits with small-block engines.

Why should I buy it?
Thanks to a wide array of in-house designed and manufactured steering related parts-including their own columns, steering wheels, rack-and-pinion systems, and steering boxes-Flaming River is one of the few companies that can provide complete branded packages. Also, only new (never rebuilt) parts are used in the kit, allowing stringent quality control. Steering box upgrades are all new as well, and are typically quick-ratio 16:1, except for the Jeep box, which is 20:1.

Are any modifications required?
All of Flaming River's cradle kits, both manual and power, are designed as bolt-ins. No chassis mods, drilling, cutting, or welding is required. Upgraded steering boxes are bolt-in as well.

How do I buy it?
Direct from Flaming River or through the national dealer network searchable on the main website

How much does it cost?
Rack-and-pinion cradle kits start at $1,190; steering boxes start at $259.