The future of steering is uncertain, as some manufacturers have already tried fly-by-wire technology, which is designed to allow cars to be more efficient in maneuvering. This electronic steering technology is still in its infancy stages and one day might be used in future builds. With modern technology progressing at such a high rate, manufacturers like Classic Performance Products of Anaheim, CA., have stepped to the plate to bring out products that can help to modernize the classic cars that we drive today. CPP was the first to make their own gear-boxes, as they saw the need to create their own designs that provided modern benefits for the older vehicles.
The company’s latest 500 series power steering box and linkage components will give you modern benefits that include a 14 to 1 ratio that will add a new dimension of handling to your car, allowing smooth operation and giving you excellent road feedback. These gear boxes will also work with the factory power steering pitman arm and 3/4-30 rag joint. They also use the popular 7/16 tube size (11/16-18 inverted flare) pressure and 3/8 tube size (5/8-18 inverted flare) return port fittings. These conveniences will allow you to use your standard hoses instead of having to mix metric fittings.
Keeping these benefits in mind, it was certainly a no-brainer when it came time to replace our obsolete steering mechanism with CPP’s latest technology. Now follow along, as we bolt up a modern CPP gear box and steering components into our classic Caprice.
1. The Classic Performance Product 500 steering box and linkage was ready to be installed.
2. With a new drive train, the steering and handling needed to be beefed up.
3. As you can see, this old linkage was no good and needed to be replaced.
4. The safety cotter pins were removed.