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  • #16
    Remove those mounts from the frame and pick up some fresh ones from a swap meet or SI. Build some new mounts for the SBC at the block. Once set in with the proper offset to the right it will give you more clearance at the steering.


    • #17
      check out a rack from a '96 pontiac Grand Am it is as close as you will get to a bolt on rack
      Mark Riesch
      New Bern, NC


      • #18
        Went with mustang 2.
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        • #19
          Sweet looking car...and interior shots? Thanks, Junior
          1954 C5 Hamilton car.


          • #20
            My 53 has a Nova subframe that I am quite happy with. There is nothing wrong with a standard Studebaker front. The Avanti's and Lark types that I have had drove just fine.

            Denny L


            • #21
              Remember, you can usually swap exhaust manifolds side for side to correct clearance problems. I put a '56 Buick motor into a '52 Chev. and used a '59 L.H. sgl. exh. on the right side and a '58 L.H. dual exh. on the left. No more problems!


              • #22
                See the post on the 66 wagon. All you need is a flange and then you can weld up the left side exaust manifold and put the exit port where you need it and use a 65-66 style Gm power steering pump. with some custom lines with the Stude power steering center link. I have one of those from a 65 just sitting in my parts pile a probably do some others.
                If you car is ugly then it better be fast.....

                65 2dr sedan
                64 2dr sedan (Pinkie)
                61 V8 Tcab
                63 Tcab 20R powered
                55 Commander Wagon
                54 Champion Wagon
                46 Gibson Model A
                50 JD MC
                45 Agricat
                67 Triumph T100
                66 Bultaco Matadore


                • #23
                  Has anyone tried salvaging the electric rack and pinion power steering setup out of a late model car and mounting it on a Stude yet?

                  Something like this maybe:
                  Last edited by hausdok; 11-29-2012, 06:22 AM.
                  Mike O'Handley, Cat Herder Third Class
                  Kenmore, Washington

                  '58 Packard Hawk
                  '05 Subaru Baja Turbo
                  '71 Toyota Crown Coupe
                  '69 Pontiac Firebird
                  (What is it with me and discontinued/orphan cars?)


                  • #24
                    I second the idea of TXmark in trying the Grand Am steering rack, here is a link to what others have done. (Non-Stude):

                    This rack has been on the back burner for some time but I have too many other things to finish first. I just can't see people struggle without trying all the options. I'm not saying it will work just that it needs to be looked at before trying anything drastic. Len.