Worked on it for an hour today. I got the steering shaft off (I gave up on the upper shaft, and marked the lower shaft to joint and took it apart there) and got the old bar out, set new bar in and viola... more problems!
The instructions say to use two 1/4" spacers in each side, but doing this makes the bar itself hit the frame. If I use one spacer per side, then the locating collars touch the sub frame.
It looks like my options are:
a- Notch the frame and leave both spacers in, put (collars on inward side as per instructions.) Will this weaken frame?
b- Remove one spacer, put collars on outward side of bushings (I think they will clear here, I'll double check tomorrow.) Bar may still tap frame though with hard driving??
c- Figure out something different for collars (smaller/thinner ones?) and remove one or both spacers?
I think option b- is the best way as I don't need to grind or cut anything.
I'm almost done!
On my Mark VIII, I didn't have to touch the auto trans lines at all, but did remove the brackets that hold the power steering lines to the rad support and subframe so they wouldn't bend/break.
I also didn't need to remove the factory tie-down plate either, I was able to lower the subframe about 3 1/2" and tilt it a bit down towards the passenger side to slide the old bar out and the new one in. Saved some time there