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Just finished installing the Borgeson PS kit in my 1966 coupe. The car came with factory PS but i like the concept of this mod better. Anyway, I thought I'd offer some advice on the install which was a be ach! When it comes to cutting the column take your time during the measuring process. I cut mine with a 4" high-speed grinder which wasn't a straight cut so in the process of trimming it to make the cut even I got a little too aggressive and cut the column too short. It installed ok but there was a 1/4" gap between the steering wheel and the column that I couldn't live with so I bought another column on ebay for $35. I cut the new column with a chop saw the second time
The other thing is the plate that comes with the kit (no new rubber gasket which you need to replace) to support the column and cover the hole at the firewall should NOT be installed before you put the cut column in. Slide it and the gasket up on the column before you install the column and then screw in place. This may seem simple but I wasted a lot of time trying to get the column in through the plate and gasket already mounted in place.

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I did this mod on my 65 a couple years ago. Agree it's not as simple as it might appear on Youtube! But it sure beats the hell out of the old leaky, sloppy OEM unit.

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Did my 67 years ago, been great and trouble free.

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I did this on my 65 several years ago. I would recommend this kit to anyone in need of power Steering.
Hydrolic hose were a little short and came very close ( touching) the exhaust manifole. Called borgeson and they sent me 2 longer hoses for exchange of the short ones. Great Kit.
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I did this conversion earlier this year on a 65 Fastback/289. I asked Borgeson to send me their hoses for a 6-cylinder, rather than an 8-cylinder car. The 6-cylinder hoses are a bit longer and will give you more clearance away from the exhaust manifolds.
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I did this conversion earlier this year on a 65 Fastback/289. I asked Borgeson to send me their hoses for a 6-cylinder, rather than an 8-cylinder car. The 6-cylinder hoses are a bit longer and will give you more clearance away from the exhaust manifolds.

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I did this on my 65 several years ago. I would recommend this kit to anyone in need of power Steering.
Hydrolic hose were a little short and came very close ( touching) the exhaust manifole. Called borgeson and they sent me 2 longer hoses for exchange of the short ones. Great Kit.
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This is good to know! I haven't installed the hoses yet. I'll check it out.

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I did this conversion earlier this year on a 65 Fastback/289. I asked Borgeson to send me their hoses for a 6-cylinder, rather than an 8-cylinder car. The 6-cylinder hoses are a bit longer and will give you more clearance away from the exhaust manifolds.
Maybe the 65 is different? Or they figured it out? The hoses that I received in my kit are the perfect length.
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I cut the collumn with a reciprocating saw with a fine steel blade. It works perfectly every time. just mark it perfectly by wrapping tape and stay on the mark as you cut.
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Did this conversion about 6 years ago...love it and no issues. The only hiccup I had was tracking down the correct serpentine pulley.

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Addendum: I had the car in the frame shop to have the new suspension professionally aligned. The mechanic pointed out that there was no “return ability” in the steering which I hadn’t noticed. I called Borgeson cs who told me to make sure the caster was set 3-5 degrees which they set to 4 but didn’t change anything. The mechanic thought the steering box was bad. After talking to Borgeson cs they said they’d replace the steering box but that they thought it was something else. One of their techs suggested the bushing at the end of the column could be binding the shaft. I removed the bushing and reamed it out 1/16” which fixed the problem.
I like this sustem even more now!
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I have never been a fan of Borgeson boxes.
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I have never been a fan of Borgeson boxes.
Is there a comparable conversion kit that you do like? They said the same thing at the alignment shop. The angle of the shaft to the gearbox through the rag joint was off just enough to cause the binding. Opening the bushing a little made it work free and easy. It’s very smooth and tracks great at all speeds. It was just a hassle trying to figure it out.
There does seem to be a lot of complaints about Borgeson.
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I actually prefer the OEM setups either power or manual. Manual is my personal preference. I like to feel the road and have a direct link to the wheels.
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One day everyone will own a Borgesson...... the smart ones that is.
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One day everyone will own a Borgesson...... the smart ones that is.
LOL nope.

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