Have you been wanting to add a set of Headers to your Thunderbird or Cougar?
Sure..Alot of us have..
The problem we run into is the stock steering shaft won't clear a set of nice Headers..
I'm going to show you all the parts you need..
So that you can Modify your Steering Shaft assembly to clear those Aftermarket Headers you've been wanting to install..
You can see the subtle differences between the years..
If you keep the stock Steering Shaft (Lower Shaft) installed you may or may not be able to clear your Aftermarket Headers..
I've created a Diagram with Part Numbers..So you know what goes where..
I'm going to outline a Parts List..
We'll start at the Steering Column U-Joint, and end with the replacement of the stock Steering Column (Rag Joint)..
Flaming River Parts List
Steering Column U-Joint: FR1716DD
Center U-Joint: FR1716DD
3/4" Shaft Material: FR1850
Support Bearing: FR1810
Bottom U-Joint: FR1715DD
The Bottom U-Joint (FR1715DD) replaces the factory Steering Column (Rag Joint)..
Firewall Support Bearing:ALL52130
I recommend using the Red Loctite
for assembling your parts!
Here are the dimensions for the following parts:
FR1716DD-3/4" ID x 3/4" ID
FR1850-18" Long x 3/4" OD
FR1715DD-3/4" ID x 36 Spline
This should make things easier for all of us!
Here's 392Bird's page on how to do it http://members.tccoa.com/392bird/birdworka1.htm