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Speedway Motors sells tie rods of various lengths, but they use a jam nut to secure the tie-rod ends. I wanted to use the stock Ford clamps and slotted ends on the tie rod for a period look. Whenever I see tie rods, or badly cobbled together rods like this one at swap meets, I always buy them, as the ends are reusable. With the tie-rod ends in place on the steering arms, I could determine how much of the end of each rod I wanted to use, and subtract these lengths from the overall length I determined in the previous step.