It pretty much sounds like you have it all in regards to the steering parts as well as what direction you are going to take to resolve your interference. Save this discussion and keep us posted with your progress. Everyone will gain from your experience. Good luck!Thanks again Guys. This info is proving to be valued input to a system I personally did not know a lot about and gives clear reasoning as to why i asked the orig Question..
I need to get it correct..
I see now why the pitman arm must be used, The correct idler and tie rod..
Please confirm my interpretation on the info supplied..
If i understand correctly, The pitman arm is a different length, thus altering the ratio.
The idler to bring the drag link into the correct plane so as to avoid a bind on the passenger side and keep alignment in tune
The inner tie rod to clear the power assist steer drag-link at valve
The shorter sleeve to accommodate the extra length of the tie rod..
With the above in virtual situ i can now see why i can not use my std steer parts...
I can visualize the ratio indifference would put undue load on the steer components and cause premature wear.
As far as std position on the headers.... I can only assume they will hit although not as much.. Measurement wise anyway. My mods to the engine mounts were done before when chassis was out and with a different set of headers. I originally had block hugger headers fitted. After body was placed back on, i proceed through the build with minimal problems. It was not until i was running the engine in i developed an overheat issue. In chasing the overheat issues i changed to the Patriots. These gave me less issues in fitment of the entire exhaust than the huggers gave me in just the headers. So i have eliminated 80-90% of exhaust problems i had with the huggers and reduced to just this one issue. So a step in the right direction in my eyes.
A notch in the #5 pipe i think is on the cards and a little clearance mod on the pitman arm may give me what i need to do going forward.
So i will have to wait now until i have parts before i move forward with the conversion..I am hoping a fellow member down under here comes through and can confirm he has some parts he hasn't seen for a some time and he still has them for me to procure from him. If not another member has responded to my request on parts, has a full setup ready to go or another less complete and needing repairs, avail for me to procure. My only issue on that is the freight costs may be a killer.. Will have to wait until it pans out...Will let you know how it goes..
Your input has proved most Valuable Thanks.