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Default Problem with Power Steering lines and Control Valve in 1968 mustang

Let me preface this by saying that my knowledge of cars is somewhat limited so please excuse me if you have to explain things like im five. My power steering lines have been leaking so i decided i should rebuild the control valve and buy new lines. So today i removed the lines and attempted to remove the control valve. Then realized i didn't have all the correct lines and now i just want to put everything back the way it was. So if someone could explain to me how to put back my power steering lines, that would be great. Im not sure how to run the line from the pump back down to the control valve without them touching the headers or getting in the way of the steering. I was having trouble understanding the diagrams in the shop manual. Ive attached some pictures on how it currently sits.
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i had the same problem when i first bought my car i could never get the lines to fit no matter what i did, the previous owner had taken them off prior because one of the lines busted. i'm going to be checking on this post hopefully some one knows a easy way to putting the lines on the control valve. eventually i want to put them back on. i gave up and went manual i'm used to it now only time i hate driving is after i go to the gym.
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I routed my high pressure line out of the pump and instead of going down I routed mine up across the shock tower and the down the other side to the valve. This helped keep it off of the headers. I also took it to NAPA where they make high pressure hoses and had it shortened. I will say this, my ENTIRE system from the pump to the steering links is new but it has NEVER been tight. It has always leaked. Good luck:yelpleased:
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I routed my high pressure line out of the pump and instead of going down I routed mine up across the shock tower and the down the other side to the valve. This helped keep it off of the headers. I also took it to NAPA where they make high pressure hoses and had it shortened. I will say this, my ENTIRE system from the pump to the steering links is new but it has NEVER been tight. It has always leaked. Good luck:yelpleased:
What length did you get it shortened to?
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UPDATE: I now connected all of the hoses except the pressure hose that goes from the pump to the control valve. Any ideas?
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I'll measure it for you. I'm in the process of removing the power steering because of the leaks. I'll measure it as soon as I get it off.
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I've heard one or two people say that their factory p/s never leaked but mine always did even after rebuild. The two hoses between the control valve and the actuator are the worst for leaking and the reproductions are not done well. I would recommend getting custom hoses made for these two parts so that the proper length and fitting type can be used.

Alternatively, I am now taking out my factory p/s and saving it for the next owner, but replacing it with the Borgeson unit and an Ididit steering column. This means no modifications to original equipment but a modern style feel and a no leak situation. The cost is just short of $1,800 with my own labor and not counting the new steering wheel which is not necessary.
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