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    PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in half

    Need a source or someones spare part to put Bugsy back together.

    HELP !!! I was feeling so proud of myself on progress today in installing front suspension, steering column, and remembered I need to tighten rack clamps. Got the torque wrench out and got to 20 lbs on PS Rack Bracket when I heard a very loud SNAP and the steering rack mount aluminum bracket snapped in half. I was using the original bolt and it appears the bolt bottomed out and the mount simply snapped.

    MOSS does not sell this part. Anyone got a spare or know of a source for this part.


    Also, There is a backing plate that goes behind this bracket. AH Spares catalog says two brackets are required. When I pulled apart only one was installed. IIRC only 1 bracket is needed and it goes on the side opposite the rack. AH Spares does sell that bracket.

    So either a source for new or anyone got a spare on a parts car from a BE, Mark II or III. My hope of getting to a 10/26 show in Tampa a are dependent on finding one of these Clamps for PS. Thanks Team.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Jim
    I have both DS and PS brackets (still bolted to my spare rack).
    Cost of shipping. Should fit is USPS Overnight box. Let me know
    I see the spacer in the AK spares catalog, part 46. They call for two per car. I also only have one on the PSA side. I do not remember ever taking the rack off my BE, so it may be factory.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Joe,

    I'll take the pair. Let me know the address and I'll send you a check to cover shipping. You're a lifesaver. Thanks Joe.

    Maybe a little bit of PB Blaster before trying to loosen up.

    This time I will measure depth and not over torque.

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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Oh and the spacer, I'm sure it is based on how the body went together. Sometimes it would call for one spacer and sometimes one on both sides to keep the rack squared up is my best explanation.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Jim
    The bolts are loose, I just need to clean and package them.
    Will put address in package.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Thanks Joe, work focus today moves to the other end of the car and installing rear springs, radios arms, shocks, rear ended and eBrake rods. Trying to get Bugsy to roller status and then will cut and buff paint. Or if help available will save paint work and install drivetrain. Hmmm got to remember gas and brake lines while car is still up on jackstands. Progress every day.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Jim
    In the mail. USPS priority.
    I just scrapped the accumulated crud off the pieces so you will need to clean them properly.
    Also, remember that torque specs are with a moving bolt/nut. If static your numbers are way off.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    6-& lbs max torque. Thanks for the help, I can clean up. It takes a Team to keep these cars going.
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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    Joe,
    thanks again for the steering Rack Brackets. Cleaning up is on my list today and install tomorrow. A lifesaver for this project. Finishing brake lines, pedal box install, motor mounts later today plus clean up rack brackets. Tentatively dropping engine and tranny in on Sunday if I can get help lined up. Need to install new wiring harness will impact Vroom, Vroom Date but soon. New Cheery Red Dash and Sears sane color look fabulous.
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    Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new - 10/12 Painting done, reassembly, cutting, and buffing in progress.

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    Re: PS Steering Rack Lower Bracket Needed - Some DA over torqued and snapped it in ha

    New/Slightly used steering rack brackets installed today. Torqued to 10-12 lbs. Good to go. Engine install team will be here at 1:00 Sunday to give me a hand with install. All bolts located, all parts needed for engine install on hand. Oops need new Driveshaft bolts and locknuts. One more trip to Ace Hardware.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
    Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
    Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new - 10/12 Painting done, reassembly, cutting, and buffing in progress.

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