Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

Make your Cougar run faster, handle better, and jump higher... okay maybe not jump higher. If you feel the need for speed, this is the place.
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CougarJoe22
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Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by CougarJoe22 » 14 Mar 2019, 11:40

Well, I finally went ahead and purchased the Borgeson PS upgrade kit for my 67. Does anyone have any tricks,tips, or suggestions to make the installation go nice and smooth?

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by sfhess » 14 Mar 2019, 15:23

Follow the instructions.

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by DieselD » 14 Mar 2019, 17:34

I have not done this swap but have looked into it as a way to add powersteering to my dads mustang. I may even swap over to this on my cougar if I have issues with the stock system. I have a manual so this conversion wont fit without a different or modified zbar so it would be more work on my car then one with an automatic.

Its pretty straight forward from the looks of it. One thing that might get over looked and will be handy to have on hand just in case is a pitman arm puller since that will need to be swapped.
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 14 Mar 2019, 18:12

DieselD wrote:
14 Mar 2019, 17:34
I have not done this swap but have looked into it as a way to add powersteering to my dads mustang. I may even swap over to this on my cougar if I have issues with the stock system. I have a manual so this conversion wont fit without a different or modified zbar so it would be more work on my car then one with an automatic.

Its pretty straight forward from the looks of it. One thing that might get over looked and will be handy to have on hand just in case is a pitman arm puller since that will need to be swapped.
I have it on my ‘69 and it works great. With a manual trans you will not be able to use the “Z” bar. I had to convert to a hydraulic slave cylinder to push the original clutch fork. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount the slave cylinder on the TL 4 speed to push the clutch fork. I believe I put a diagram of it in another thread a couple of years ago.
I tried an internal hydraulic throw out bearing set up first and it caused a lot of problems for me. It always leaked and when I got it sealed finally it did not last more than a few miles before I had to pull the transmission yet again (9 time in total) And got rid of that internal crap.
You might have to modify your headers to make it fit as well. I did on my shorties. (lol, that just sounds so wrong...)
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Previous: 69 XR7 Hardtop, 351W, FMX
Current: 69 XR7 Convertible, Tweaked 351W, TL 4 Speed (Almost completed restoration--drive all the time, but you are never really done!)
Current: 70 XR7 Convertible, 351C, TL 4 Speed Grabber blue (Yet to be restored--waiting patiently)

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by DieselD » 14 Mar 2019, 21:02

69XR7Ragtop wrote:
14 Mar 2019, 18:12
DieselD wrote:
14 Mar 2019, 17:34
I have not done this swap but have looked into it as a way to add powersteering to my dads mustang. I may even swap over to this on my cougar if I have issues with the stock system. I have a manual so this conversion wont fit without a different or modified zbar so it would be more work on my car then one with an automatic.

Its pretty straight forward from the looks of it. One thing that might get over looked and will be handy to have on hand just in case is a pitman arm puller since that will need to be swapped.
I have it on my ‘69 and it works great. With a manual trans you will not be able to use the “Z” bar. I had to convert to a hydraulic slave cylinder to push the original clutch fork. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount the slave cylinder on the TL 4 speed to push the clutch fork. I believe I put a diagram of it in another thread a couple of years ago.
I tried an internal hydraulic throw out bearing set up first and it caused a lot of problems for me. It always leaked and when I got it sealed finally it did not last more than a few miles before I had to pull the transmission yet again (9 time in total) And got rid of that internal crap.
You might have to modify your headers to make it fit as well. I did on my shorties. (lol, that just sounds so wrong...)

I would also like to go hydraulic on the clutch in the future too. I wouldn’t mind seeing what you came up with on the toploader bellhousing, it could come in handy even if I end up with a T5 since you can still use the top loader bellhousing with an adaptor. I do agree with you on the internal slave setup. I would rather have the external for above reasons. For me the borgeson swap is a snow ball effect of changing several things at once so I’m sticking with what I have until I get to the point of changing the drivetrain around. By then I should have a solid plan of what I want and in what order to put everything together.
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by hanver » 15 Mar 2019, 09:16

I have installed it in my 69 as well, the box is physically bit larger than the stock box. I had to remove headers (long tube hookers) and spark plugs to make it fit. Could not reinstall the headers with the plugs still in the block.
I believe your steering shaft will need shortening (not sure), a 69 is collapsible, so that was nog issue for me.

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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by DieselD » 15 Mar 2019, 09:28

Good point on the steering shaft length. being his is a 67 he will need to cut it shorter. The 68s have a collapsible column like your 69 so no cutting is needed.
1968 Standard, 302 2v, 3 speed.

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Post by CougarJoe22 » 15 Mar 2019, 12:10

Yes, I believe I will have to cut the column. The kit comes with a new steering shaft though, which is nice.
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Re: Borgeson Power Steering Upgrade

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Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 15 Mar 2019, 20:51

DieselD wrote:
15 Mar 2019, 09:28
Good point on the steering shaft length. being his is a 67 he will need to cut it shorter. The 68s have a collapsible column like your 69 so no cutting is needed.
I had to cut about an inch off the outer column on my ‘69 tilt column to get clearance for the shaft coupler.
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Daryl

Previous: 69 XR7 Hardtop, 351W, FMX
Current: 69 XR7 Convertible, Tweaked 351W, TL 4 Speed (Almost completed restoration--drive all the time, but you are never really done!)
Current: 70 XR7 Convertible, 351C, TL 4 Speed Grabber blue (Yet to be restored--waiting patiently)

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