Idler arm & center link 1963 ranchero

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  1. MariVandaFord

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    CANT FIND IDLER ARM OR CENTER LINK
    Does anyone have these or know a good source to find them? Thank you
    1963 ranchero
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    The original engine size was 6cyl. I’ve been told they havent made that idler arm for a long time. And I need a new old stock part still in
     
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  2. beerbelly

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    What engine? It makes a difference.
     
  3. MariVandaFord

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    Although it’s now a V-8 302 automatic transmission. Not power steering. ORIGINAL WAS 6cyl . I don’t know what size.

    In my searching I keep seeing MS or manual steering. Is that just as opposed to power steering? Or does that have to do with it being manual transmission? Uninformed and lost over here

    EDIT: what do I need to include in search words? 6cyl? Automatic? Manual steering? 1963?
     
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  4. beerbelly

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    Well, the 302 V8 tells me that it's not original to the car- they didn't have those 302's back then. But, it may have had a smaller V8 originally. Do you know what the original engine was? This data on the driver's door will help you find out what the original specs were, and here's a data plate decoder :
    https://www.falconparts.com/vin-decoder.asp

    What do you know about the steering & suspension? Does it have 4-bolt (6 cylinder) wheels or 5-bolt (V8) wheels? What steering box, 6 or V8?

    If this car, like so many others, has been modified over the years, you'll have to do more research to get the correct parts. Here's a site that has a lot of info that will help figure out what you've got:
    http://www.mustangtek.com/FordDecode.html
    And here's a site to help figure out what steering you have:
    http://www.stangerssite.com/steeringboxtagdecoder.html
     
  5. MariVandaFord

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    The original was definitely a 6cyl. The wheels on it are 5bolt I’m not sure about the steering box but it was switched from 3on the tree, to automatic at some point... I will look at those links.

     
  6. 1965 Ranchero 66G

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    If it has 5 lug wheels it probably came with a 260 V8.
     
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  8. MariVandaFord

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    This is so cool to see!
    Your Data as Interpreted by falconparts.com Model Year = 1963
    Model Series = Falcon Ranchero
    Engine = 170 Cu. In. 6 cylinder
    Body Type = Falcon Ranchero - Deluxe
    Exterior Color = Galcier Blue
    Upholstery Color = Black Crush Vinyl
    Date Born = 12November 1962
    Transmission = 2 Speed Fordomatic Transmission
    Axle = 3.50:1
    DSO = Los Angeles
    Assembly Plant = San Jose
     
  9. beerbelly

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    Ya, it's fun, huh? So now you know it's originally a 6 cylinder car, and if it has 5-bolt wheels, someone has changed the engine, suspension & steering. Most often 1965 V8 Falcon steering components are used, and if so, you can check that last link I sent to see what part numbers you need. Also, if you could take some good photos of what you have on there now and post them, I'm sure some others on this site can help identify them.
     
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  10. MariVandaFord

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    How do I find the pitman arm if I need to measure a bolt on it? I’m not sure from online diagrams if I can find it. I’m guessing I’d have to be looking from under the car?
     
  11. ribald1

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    Yeah, pitman arm is on the bottom of the steering box.
    It can get real interesting finding parts when modifications have been done and there is no documentation.
     
  12. beerbelly

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    Like Ribald says, it's attached to the bottom of the steering box. Here's a photo of the steering parts, and one of the pitman arm itself:

    Components_zpsqvuxykbw.jpg download.jpg
     
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  13. Doc

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    Call SMH in Charlotte N.C. They sell all parts for Rancheros. Ask for Jessie. I put power steering in my 61 and 65 Rancheros. I used parts from a company called NPD for 65 mustang. Phone # for SMH is 704-490-8603.
     
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