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 Post subject: Rack 'em up EL style
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:22 pm 
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I have a 5.0L EL Fairmont and the power steering rack is cactus. now... I have searched right through this forum but couldn't find the answer... maybe the answer is there and my searches were not worded properly... who knows...

What I *am* trying to find out is whether a 6cyl power steering rack will fit into the V8 without too much hassle as I have a 6cyl EL Futura I am pulling apart... and rather than spend money I just don't have at the moment, I'd rather use the second-hand rack if it will fit. I know the 6cyl rack has the sensor on it and I wouldn't need to do anything with it, just leave it sitting there... but I am wondering if the angle of the pinion is different in any way AND why the intermediate steering shaft is specific to the 6cyl and to the V8??

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Glenn

 

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 Post subject: Re: Rack 'em up EL style
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 7:19 pm 
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The 6cyl will fit the V8. As you said just leave the sensor unplugged.

I have a V8 one in my 6cyl.
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 Post subject: Re: Rack 'em up EL style
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:33 pm 
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The 6cyl will fit the V8. As you said just leave the sensor unplugged.

I have a V8 one in my 6cyl.
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 Post subject: Re: Rack 'em up EL style
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 3:06 pm 
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Thanks for the info SWC, this sounds very promising, did you have to change that steering column intermediate shaft or were they interchangeable with the splines and everything the same?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Rack 'em up EL style
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 4:24 pm 
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EL Splines should be the same.

EF are different.

God know why.
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