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I am building a daily driver with a slightly beefed up engine. Which should I go with a manual rack and pinon or a power steering set up? My car came with power but I am not sure which I should go with. Which is the better choice? Any and all advice will be great. It is a 1968 Cougar By the way 351W engine Auto trans
 

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My 68 came with a manual set up, and is a ***** to parallel park. If you have all the stuff, I'd stick with a power set up.
 

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Unless you only plan on going in a straight line I would go with power steering.
 

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As mentioned above, unless racing the car, power is the way to go. Even if racing, i would settle with the PS. Trying to park in the pits is a bear without PS. My ride was a weekend warrior and seen alot of street use and was a pain in the a$$ to park all week! My vote- PS
 

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Thanks guys.
 

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I am going to vote the other way.

Vintage power steering on these cars is too much power, I want more road feel. Not a fan of the 1 finger effort steering.

Pretty sure that the manual rack and pinion steering will be somewhere in between OEM manual and power steering, effort wise.
 

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You are JUST A KID, so I doubt you would fight manual that much, but power would certainly help when you do get ready to SELL......., and I bet you would end up LOVING POWER. IMO

Dale in Indy
 

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Living here in the Springs, with all the hills and goofy driveways,...I would only consider POWER. The reputation for reliability in rack conversions goes to TCP http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/rack.html One question,.....Will it be compatible with the coil-over front suspension kit you have been researching?
My power steering, even after being completely rebuilt, rides every rut in the road,....the bigger tires don't help, but......from MY research, a rack setup nearly eliminates tracking. I swear my '69s steering was designed by Ruben Goldberg!
 

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Going with power and I spoke with the maker of the Suspension kit I am putting in he says The power will work perfect with no modifications
 
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