So how many of you guys have ditched the power rack and gone "armstrong" manual steering in your II? I bought an $80 Pinto manual rack from NAPA, scrounged junkyards for a Pinto manual rag-joint, and installed them in my car. (Now I guess Flaming River offers the parts the easy way?) Benefits of going manual rack. 1 The manual rack weighs almost nothing, maybe 3 pounds? The power rack + pump + hoses + belt + brackets/bolts probably weigh at least 30 pounds. 2 The manual rack is physically smaller in diameter. (This allowed me to run a milodon standard 302 oil pan, not the special small MII pan. Why run the larger pan? Because the small MII oil pan won't clear a main stud girdle!) Although I did need a ministarter to clear the edge of the large oil pan, due their close proximity caused by the small MII bellhousing. 3. Power steering pump draws, what, 10-12 hp from parasitic loss? Hell, I'd do it just for this reason! 4. Less stuff to fail/break = more reliable overall car. 5. One less source of possible flammable fluid leaks - slightly less fire hazard under the hood. Cons: 1. More steering effort. (It's a tiny car, no big deal) 2. Slower steering response in the turns. (The manual rack has a higher ratio than the power rack, to make it easier to turn the wheel) I'm not sure how big of an effect this actually has on handling. Hmm. Any comments?