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Old 05-09-2001, 11:33 PM   #1
SuBaRu-ImPrEzA_RS
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Post question about the steering in my 65' mustang..

ok it don't have power steering..
when i go over a small hill in the road at say 50+ Mph i can "feel" the wheel sort of wiggle in my hands and the tires actually MOVE directions, and the tires squeal like crazy..

it has the same shocks on the car that it had in 1965 i believe,
so i will be putting new ones on it this weekend, could that be whats causing my steering problems?
or is it normal for this to happen since it is such an old car??
or is it niether, and i should have my whole frond end checked??

when i let go of the wheel on a str8 road it stays str8 and doesnt pull..



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Old 05-10-2001, 12:07 AM   #2
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Could be the rack isn't in very well, or your alignment is REALLY screwed. My SHO had an interestign alingment and over speedbumps the steering wheel would turn 90 degrees to the right. It would do this regardless if you were holing on or not so you learn quickly to let go as the car still would go straight and it hurts alot less. $40 and a day later the alignment shop had the car to where the steering wheel didn't move at ALL over speedbumps!!!
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Old 05-10-2001, 12:39 AM   #3
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We have a 65 mustang too (Auto, V6, Power steering and Knock-Off hup caps... thats about it) and it just drives like crap! Thats your problem

I notice that same thing though, its just the car showing its age...
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Old 05-10-2001, 12:46 AM   #4
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In before the move..
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Old 05-10-2001, 05:05 AM   #5
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John,

Sure a 35+ year old car won't handle like a new one - so what?

Seriously, I would check the tie rods and ball joints for wear and overall loosening. Also check the steering box (this doesn't have rack & pinion). Definitely replace the shocks and all the suspension rubber. Fortunately with Mustangs there are numerous aftermarket suppliers - you could even go with polyurethane bushings if you wanted. Once all that's done do an alignment. Check the tires for uneven wear. If you have bias plies on there, switch to radials. Authenticity nuts will scream but if it's a driver you'll be glad for it.

Just a few random thoughts from someone who owned one.

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Old 05-10-2001, 05:10 AM   #6
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well I had something similar going on in my '69 malibu, and it turns out one of the a-arm bushings had COMPLETELY dry-rotted and it was allowing the a-arm to move about a quarter inch in each direction... no fun at all. Anyway, you should check them and replace with polygraphite ones if they are bad.
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