With each and every day that passes, engineers are designing, tweaking, and/or improving automotive components. Things are getting smaller, more efficient, and more precise. Just because you have an old muscle car doesn't mean you have to watch new car owners enjoy all that fresh stuff. Case in point: the steering system on the '62-67 Chevy II/Novas leaves a lot to be desired. Wouldn't it be nice to upgrade the little shoebox to a new rack-and-pinion setup? Your darn right it would be.
Enter Church Boys Racing. This company spent numerous hours figuring out the perfect way to integrate a rack into these cars. Instead of trying to retain the rear steer location, they made it a front steer configuration to completely remove the steering linkage from the back. With it being a front steer rack, there is no need for a special oil pan; in fact, this conversion works with the stock pan. An added bonus to moving the steering forward is now you can run a rear sump pan for better oil control. Furthermore, if you are planning an LS swap, you can use the truck or F-body pan, not just the sometimes hard to find late-model GTO pan.
The rack-and-pinion conversion will simply bolt up using existing holes and add strength to the front subframe thanks to the new tubular crossmember. In addition to the rack-and-pinion steering conversion, the company also offers tubular lower control arms, billet steering arms, and a sway bar named the "Church Bar."
The conversion is sold as a complete kit that includes the tubular crossmember, billet rack clamps, CNC-made steering arms, tubular lower control arms, 1 1/8-inch front sway bar, an ididit steering column with accessories, and the steering linkage. The complete kit will set you back $2,200 and can be installed in a weekend at home-if you have a good set of tools and decent mechanical skills, that is. Follow along as we install Church Boys Racing's rack conversion on a '65 wagon to give the driver precision control.