I've not seen this mentioned here, and it may be old hat to some guys. But maybe it'll be useful to someone. MII rack tie rod ends , can be replaced with 78-81 Fairmont tie rod ends. The Fairmont pieces are longer and are a direct fit, this will give you a slightely longer rack if you need it, or just more thread engagement, if thats all you need. Without measuring I would say somewhere around an 1 1/2" can be gained.