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 Post subject: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:09 pm 
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Here is a trivia question. I converted to rack and pinion way back. Think it might have been the 1800s. I did the Escort rack, Mini ball joints and Holden bottom steering column shaft and universal joints, along with the special mounting bracket. Over the decades since, I have forgotten which Holden shaft I used. The universals on the top and bottom of the lower steering column need to be replaced and I need to find out which model Holden it was to chase up some unis.

If I had to guess I would say it was a HK model lower steering column but could not be sure. Can anyone remember back that far?


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:15 am 
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Thanks for the reply. From memory the issue was getting the right spline on the uni.


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:12 pm 
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This is the offending part. I am not sure the universal is meant to be dismantled.


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:57 am 
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Hi Neville,

I converted both my TRs to rack & pinion steering using the system you described. The steering column I used was from a VC Commodore (1980) which was the one generally being used by all.
I can only assume from your description and photos you have used the same one.

thanks

Gavin Rea


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 10:09 am 
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Hi Neville,

I don't claim to be an expert in this matter, but about 3 years back another Register member posted (on the old forum) about these steering shafts, because some were available on Ebay. They were from the VH/VK Commodores, and I bought one at the time in anticipation of converting my TR3A. I checked Ebay and they are available at present. Hope that helps. Peter.


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:49 pm 
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Thanks for all the feedback. Think I need to remove the shaft and start waving it at universal suppliers. There don't seem to be any circlips so maybe the roller cages are pressed in. Will post a further item when it is sorted so the next person to do the job has some information.


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:36 pm 
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Neville, good luck with finding a replacement from a wrecker as these columns along with Escort racks areused by hot rodders. Vary rare these days to find VC -VK columns with this universal. If you can find them new please let us know. If you replace the universal/shaft, I suggest you wrap some insulation and/ or put a heat shield could cut the heat. Keep us informed how you go.
cheers,
Rusty


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:15 pm 
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Neville.
I ran into the same problem when converting as I'd already bought one of the new "Escort" racks from SMCKA. In the end after much research I bought parts from Moss UK (via the Healey factory). Moss was happy to supply, from their "Mini" conversion kit the steering shaft shaft and the universal joint to attach to the upper steering column. It has to be Moss UK as the steering column attachment to the Escort rack has to be 9/16 with 36 splines. The US supplied one is only 27 splines.
Via the Healey factory the cost for the 2 parts was $218 plus $103.
Mine is not yet attached as the body is still away so you'd be welcome to drop over and make sure that these parts fit your car. If they do I've got the part numbers etc.
Cheers
Jim phone 0405 636 907


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:49 pm 
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I think I have one you can have, if it is the one with the rubber insert. I will check the parts bin.
Must have a heat shield as I would hate to see the inner and outer separate on a busy mountain corner. :geek: :shock:
Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Steering conversion
PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:42 pm 
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If this is what you are looking for you can have it. let me know.
Rob
fingoon2@gmail.com


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