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  This topic is about my 1969 MG MGC
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keesl Kees Leseman
Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands   NLD
1969 MG MGC
Hi gents, I recently installed a new steering rack ( made in Argentina?). When I tried to connect it to the steering column I noticed that its pinion was 5 millimeter to short. I needed some rings to get a solid connection (see picture)
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Who else experienced this and who has a hint to solve this problem?


regards, Kees



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mgcbrian Brian Hutchison
Hampshire, UK   GBR
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Hello Kees. Is your car a LHD steel dash? I think it is from the pictures. I have fitted a number of both LHD and RHD Argentina racks and have never encountered this problem. I think something else must be wrong? I wonder if it is the universal joint? Have you measured the old rack and compared it to the new one? Without detailed pictures and measurements it is difficult to diagnosis what exactly is the problem. Brian

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keesl Kees Leseman
Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands   NLD
1969 MG MGC
Hello Brian, It is lhd USA mgc with padded dash. Well, I didn't measure the pinions. The bolt which secures the universal joint to the pinion sits in its good position.
Maybe I can readjust the connection at the end of the steering column.

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mgcbrian Brian Hutchison
Hampshire, UK   GBR
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I think this might be something to do with the 'T' piece at the end of the column.Brian

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kirks-auto Platinum Member Robert Kirk
Davenport, IA, USA   USA
The Argentine columns are simply slightly modified MGB racks sold by kit car makers. The US spec column is wholly different than the UK/EU spec.



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keesl Kees Leseman
Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands   NLD
1969 MG MGC
Robert,I bought the steering rack at Moss-Europe # AHC797Z. So I think it is the right one for MGC roadster.

I have a question for you. Do you know if adjustment of the T-piece at the lower end of the steering column in length is possible?


regards, Kees

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kirks-auto Platinum Member Robert Kirk
Davenport, IA, USA   USA
In reply to # 3891061 by keesl Robert,I bought the steering rack at Moss-Europe # AHC797Z. So I think it is the right one for MGC roadster.

I have a question for you. Do you know if adjustment of the T-piece at the lower end of the steering column in length is possible?


regards, Kees

Regardless of where you got it, it is what I said, manufactured for kit cars such as Cobras based on the MGB design. It maybe tweeked to fit in an MGC but the turning radius is bigger than stock. For a little more money the two bars can be had to rebuild the OEM steering rack and allow use of OEM tie rods. I do not know about the T and defer to Brian's advice. He's been at this a while and knows his "stuff". thumbs up



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mgcbrian Brian Hutchison
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Kees. Just to eliminate any doubt about compatibility, I have fitted the Argentina rack to US cars as well without any problems. As Robert says the turning circle is not the same as the track control arms don't go inside the housing. Other owners locally have fitted these racks and say the difference is not that great.

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