I am afraid this question has been posted before but my search of the net has not produced a usable result. The steering rack in my 1972 Deauville is leaking everywhere. If possible I would like to replace it with a functional equivalent from another car. Any ideas what has worked in the past? Can the original rack be rebuilt? I am in LA - been trying to contact Steve Wilkinson for advice with no luck so far. The car's restoration is almost complete - this is the last challenge before we can drive it again after ten years. Any help youl be appreciated!
I spoke briefly with Steve last Monday and he indicated he was going to be away from his business until Tuesday of next week.
Thanks, Larry - this is really helpful as I have been calling like a stalker for three days , will try again next week after Tuesday.
There are very few Deauvilles or Longchamps in the U.S so I have never worked on one, but I'm almost sure that is a ZF steering rack.
As far as I know the first series Deauville/Longchamp used a rack made by Cam Gear in the UK. It is not one that is used in a period Jaguar/Maserati/ferrari or Jensen.
Cam Gear is part of TRW nowadays as far I know. Maybe there have been posts about the Longchamp rack on this site and, hopefully, some more usefull tips.
Best of luck,
I was able to reach Steve Wilkinson; he still owns the same (beautiful) fully restored Deauville he had 10 years ago when I first met him. He explained that parts are no longer made for the original rack, and that he ended up using one from a different car in his (but cannot remember from what car). It is not clear if the original was made by ZF or Cam Gear (likely one or the other). I have searched the web for pictures and if I were a betting person I would bet on Cam Gear. I dropped off the old rack a week back at a small shop in Pasadena, Master Steering, to see what they can do to get it going again. Will update this thread if I have new news. Thanks!
Arrg - the shop in Pasadena tells me that the last mechanic that rebuilt the rack in my Deauville damaged the interior chamber where the sliding piston floats - it is all scratched up and destroys the seals if replaced. So I need a new core (talk about unobtanium) or a different solution. Now investigating alternatives from other cars that can be adapted.
Can a speedy sleeve be installed?