What if we told you that you could radically upgrade your Mopar’s steering and handling without uprooting the original engineering of your A, B or E-body? Best yet, what if we told you that the manufacturer of these magical parts are not some overseas, fly-by-night outfit, but a native born and American-made company with over 100 years of experience in this very same industry. You’d think we were crazy, right? Nope. The company is Borgeson Universal Company and has been in the universal joint and steering component business for industrial, automotive. military, and aerospace markets since 1914.
When Borgeson purchased Mullins steering gears in 2001, and subsequently combined the “two businesses into one central, 50,000 square foot modern manufacturing facility,” according to Borgeson’s web page, the newly minted manufacturing juggernaut continues to develop and produce some of the most dependable steering components available for classic Mopars and late model Dodge Rams (as well as pretty much every other classic hot rod and muscle car imaginable). When focusing strictly on Mopar, Borgeson has developed a modern quick ratio power steering box for the 62-79 A, B and E-body cars.
Directly replacing your factory steering box (and fits to your stock pitman arm), Borgeson’s modern power steering box provides a quick ratio of 14:1 ratio with only 3.5 turns lock-to-lock, as well as a 10-pound weight savings over a stock power box (23lbs. over 33lbs). It’s also smaller in size, giving you added exhaust clearance for big aftermarket headers or just more room to squeeze your hand in to change your spark plug, and a tight modern feel to the steering. And if you’re looking to dramatically civilize your manual steering setup, the Borgeson conversion box can be used with the aid of some slight modifications to your steering column’s shaft.
We’ll have that exact conversion for you at Mopar Connection Magazine, as well as much more tech and Borgeson news in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!