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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
KB65chevy #1136007 Tue Nov 24 2015 03:09 AM
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Yes , just saw the PM. I sent pics to the address.


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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
KB65chevy #1136085 Tue Nov 24 2015 05:47 PM
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The original style power steering unit that was used on that series truck was very common on numerous vehicles during the 50's and 60's. It used a control valve assembly which connected to the pitman arm and a ram that connected to the frame and the tie rod. They were used on Ford cars into the 60's, 55-64 Chevy cars as well as pickups. As mentioned previously they were used on Corvettes. They had several weaknesses including numerous hoses and many places for leaks in the control valves and rams. In my opinion the main weakness was that it supplemented the manual steering box. If there was wear in the box or any of the steering components the entire system suffered.
The best conversion for those trucks uses a Saganaw box from a 67-87 truck. It is self contained and they work great. The conversion if done correctly looks factory. There may be some original units around but I expect the cost will far exceed the conversion to the later model system which is far better.
Fred

Last edited by rfs56trk; Tue Nov 24 2015 05:50 PM.

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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
KB65chevy #1136096 Tue Nov 24 2015 06:58 PM
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Yes many other ways to get P.S. but poster seems set on original.


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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
rfs56trk #1136155 Wed Nov 25 2015 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rfs56trk
The original style power steering unit that was used on that series truck was very common on numerous vehicles during the 50's and 60's. It used a control valve assembly which connected to the pitman arm and a ram that connected to the frame and the tie rod. They were used on Ford cars into the 60's, 55-64 Chevy cars as well as pickups. As mentioned previously they were used on Corvettes. They had several weaknesses including numerous hoses and many places for leaks in the control valves and rams. In my opinion the main weakness was that it supplemented the manual steering box. If there was wear in the box or any of the steering components the entire system suffered.
The best conversion for those trucks uses a Saganaw box from a 67-87 truck. It is self contained and they work great. The conversion if done correctly looks factory. There may be some original units around but I expect the cost will far exceed the conversion to the later model system which is far better.
Fred

I think that 68 was the starting point and one can inc 88-91 crewcabs and suburbans
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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
padresag #1136420 Thu Nov 26 2015 02:52 PM
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Re: 65 Chevy truck power steering
KB65chevy #1136871 Sun Nov 29 2015 01:54 PM
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Yes these trucks came with what you describe,a cylinder attached to the drag link,I do not recall driving one,but drove several 60s era ford mid size cars with a similar set up (mustangs,torinos).They were jumpy when the control valves got worn.

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