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CR71977

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Rack and Pinion Steering Cable
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:56:48 PM »
Hi, I'm new to this forum and I'm also a guy that loves boats but doesn't know much about them! last year i bought a 1977 Tahiti ford 460 with a Berks pump. The engine was refurbished but took a poop on me during lake water testing, the engine lost oil pressure therefore it had to be reopened and put back to specs. That being said, I'm in the process of replacing the old steering cable with a  new uflex rack and pinion kit but I do not like the fitment of the new cable system. I wish i could use the old parts with the new cable to have the boat looking as a 1977 boat, the way it should look. As I was working on the dashboard, I opened a hole on the new plastic bezel as I tried to pry out the key way adapter during cable installation....and now everything is looking as ugly as it can be, lol! I also bought a new anodized black Bezel to be used instead of the ugly plastic Bezel that comes with the new kit/new system.....but to my disappointment, there seem to be a need for an spacer to go in between the Bezel and the adapter. I put everything together but since there was no spacer between the bezel and adapter, I scraped the black bezel during steering wheel rotation and now looks cosmetically ugly. Please notice that I bought a full rack and pinion kit from Performance Jet in Sebastopol, CA. Am I the only one that is having issues replacing the old system with the new cable kit?   Do you guys know a boat shop in Los Angeles or have any idea on which parts are needed to modify the new rack and pinion system?......Old cable # is Morse E300620 192inch 1382P. Please be gentle if my boat terminology is not the best there is, lol! Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you!
« Last Edit: June 19, 2019, 09:12:04 AM by CR71977 »
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Re: Rack and Pinion Steering Cable
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2019, 03:09:56 PM »
I'm in the process of replacing the cable as well and keeping all the original parts.  I located this cross reference list and this may help you.  My cable is stamped 300620-192in 7298.  I don't see an E in front of mine.  I'll try and attach the cross-reference photo.
  • Boat #1: 1979 Southwind Formula One
  • Boat #2: 1997 Howard 21
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  • Boat #1: 1979 Southwind Formula One
  • Boat #2: 1997 Howard 21
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Re: Rack and Pinion Steering Cable
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 10:21:22 AM »
Hey baxt, thank you for replying to my post.....and how are you planning on keeping the original bezel and bezel adapter on the boat so you can use it with the new cable system? My original Bezel has 3 bolts that holds it in place behind the dash and it is a 41/2 inch tall, making the bezel plus adapter too long for the the new 3/4 helm shaft! Also, the shaft channel on the old bezel is 1-5/16 inch ID therefore the new 3/4 shaft will fit loose with out any adjusting sleeve. Will you modify the original bezel or is your boat newer than my 1977 Tahiti making your steering system a keyway system? Please advise.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2019, 11:07:08 AM by CR71977 »
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Re: Rack and Pinion Steering Cable
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 10:45:33 AM »
Here are some pictures of my old bezel and adapter that attaches to my old rack and pinion steering cable!
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Re: Rack and Pinion Steering Cable
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2019, 06:08:12 AM »
I believe the new cable should bolt right up to my old helm.  I have a slightly different setup and will recheck and let you know.  I know off the top of my head I have a three bolt into the dash as well, but then I have four bolts where the cable meets the helm that holds it together.  I'll get back soon and let you know. 
  • Boat #1: 1979 Southwind Formula One
  • Boat #2: 1997 Howard 21
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Re: Rack and Pinion Steering Cable New
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 07:24:13 PM »
Thanks Baxt, I really appreciate your help and orientation! I want to take my boat out to the lake already, lol. Please advise on your cable parts/setup!
« Last Edit: July 15, 2019, 11:00:24 AM by CR71977 »
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