EZ Elec­tric Power Steer­ing

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Classic Tech -

ost of you will be familiar with the term ‘Arm­strong steer­ing’ — in all prob­a­bil­ity it’s re­spon­si­ble for more clas­sic cars sit­ting in the garage on a sunny Sun­day af­ter­noon rather than be­ing taken for a fast drive in the coun­try.

The thought of tak­ing off that dusty car cover, climb­ing into a cock­pit lined with plush leather and wal­nut, and turn­ing the key in the ig­ni­tion to hear the faint sound of the fuel pump whirring away some­where in the bow­els of the chas­sis — be­fore a few fi­nal cranks and the en­gine splut­ters into life — is enough to give any­one a glo­ri­ous feel­ing of an­tic­i­pa­tion as re­verse gear is care­fully se­lected, and the clutch is eased out: then the pain sets in. The very first yank on that clas­sic, wood-rimmed tiller sends your up­per del­toid mus­cles into spasm, which in turn throws sharp ex­cru­ci­at­ing bolts of pain into the biceps and tri­ceps be­fore your hand suc­cumbs to to­tal numb­ness.

It’s not pleas­ant, but in many cases we put up with it be­cause, once out on the open road, the steer­ing re­sponds more read­ily to al­low some de­gree of con­trol­la­bil­ity, the numb­ness abates, and we get to ap­pre­ci­ate what our clas­sic cars were built for — driv­ing.

For those that rec­og­nize this familiar sce­nario and spend more time pol­ish­ing their clas­sic cars rather than driv­ing them, all is not lost. EZ Elec­tric Power Steer­ing can be in­stalled un­der the dash of any car, with ab­so­lutely no changes nec­es­sary to the me­chan­i­cal as­pects of the steer­ing sys­tem lurk­ing un­der the bon­net. The other good news is that the in­stal­la­tion doesn’t in­volve any messy hy­draulics and, of course, as it’s elec­tri­cally op­er­ated the en­gine does not need to be run­ning to gen­er­ate as­sis­tance, all that is re­quired is a sim­ple twist of the ig­ni­tion key.

The EZ Elec­tric Power Steer­ing Unit

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