In my experience, the value of the R&P kits is very overblown. Yes, they will give you nice precise steering. Often at the expense of a terrible turning radius, as well as some compromised suspension attributes. But a properly restored STOCK FORD STEERING BOX will give you the identical steering precision. At much less expense, and without any bad side effects. Also, a restored stock Ford box is a much better piece of engineering than the replacement boxes being sold today.
There is one guy I'd advise the OP to contact by telephone and have a long conversation about what are the goals he is looking for the car to have; Dan at Chock restores these original boxes to new and better than new specifications. The resulting handling from the restored steering box will amaze you. Classic Mustang Disc Brake Conversions and Power Steering
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1624 Chock Rd
217 882 2083
Talk to Dan at Chock, and at the end of the conversation, you still think a R&P is your best solution, then by all means, follow your instincts. But at least make that call. You will learn A LOT. About the stock Ford steering system, and may just realize than you CAN be very happy with a stock steering system that has been restored properly.
I've been driving these cars since they were new. And I assure you a stock 16:1 box, either with or without the Shelby fast pitman arm, is very precise compared to best R&P units, and will provide many years of service. But it's a sad comparison to take a 50 year old steering box that's had little to none maintenance, and make a decision based upon the poor handling a worn out box gives.
PS. the engine crossmembers I sell is one way improve steering precision that has nothing to do with the steering box condition. On all vintage Mustangs the lower control arm is not sufficiently supported at the frame mount, contributing to unwanted wheel movement. An improved crossmember fixes that at a comparatively low cost.