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Rag Joint Steering replacement
« on: July 21, 2012, 07:24:18 PM »
Today I tackled the steering Rag Joint.
The ones on 79-80 were plastic and fall apart, bad design. Mine fell apart after 30 plus years. Took a total of about 3 hrs, I took my time. I will post pictures first, then I will follow up with what had to be done.
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 07:26:34 PM »
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Re: Rag Joint Steering replacement
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012, 07:48:00 PM »
OK... 1st of all the car needs to be off the ground, ramps lift etc. The proper Part number for this is: Help Line Dorman Part# 31000. This Rag Joint is 2-1/4 inches
center bolt hole to bolt hole.  #1 remove coupler bolts at shaft. #2 remove upper shaft bolt at firewall. #3 Tap coupler at rack spline to loosen off shaft. #4 spray shaft upper with a good penetrating oil at slip spline. #5 sometimes need to tap upper shaft out of slip spline. see pictures of spline in vise,take car to mark your steering shaft ,have wheels straight. Drill out the 2 riveted post from lower coupler( in picture ) Bolt on Dorman Kit #31000 has instructions ,reused hardware with new bolts. #6 Loosen Rack front 2 bolts, and move rack forward to allow rebuilt shaft room to reinstall. #7 please note that the upper shaft at the firewall is (u-shaped) on on side at the end and must be installed matching this way. #8 Make sure to clean and lube shaft upper ,and lower rack spline. #8 Line up re tighten 2-rack bolts ,then all others. Drives like New! Hope this helps.....Kirk
"Living the Dream...Drivin g Old Fords"
1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback
1980 Pinto Rallye 32,000 Org.
1972 Maverick Grabber V-8 car
2005 Mustang