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Power Steering? #1318587 Sun Jul 21 2019 12:50 AM
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Chad M Offline OP
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Just wondering if anyone converted to power steering. I see conversion kits on Ebay for V8 1/2 tons that use a 1968 box with brackets. You have to cut the column and adapt I believe.


1953 GMC 1-Ton Pickup with 350 and 700R4
Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318601 Sun Jul 21 2019 02:53 AM
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EdPruss Offline
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What engine/truck do you have? It is relatively easy to adapt Saginaw steering units, both inside and outside the frame. Different pitman arms allow fore and aft movement or left and right movement. One also must cut the shaft and housing and install a u-joint and support for the shaft and housing. The housing is usually terminated near the firewall.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318612 Sun Jul 21 2019 04:19 AM
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Elderly Iron Offline
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Authentic Automotive has a direct bolt-on, no mod required kit. It replaced the drag link with a Corvette control valve and has all the brackets to connect the ram between the tie rod and the axle. https://authenticautomotive.net/new-products/ They work very well.

Hey Ed! I wanna see that collection!

Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318622 Sun Jul 21 2019 12:57 PM
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ASU Offline
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The Link to the website shows kits for 55-59 trucks, but not 47-55.1. Did I miss it? Or will the later kit work on AD's?

Jon

Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318653 Sun Jul 21 2019 05:00 PM
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Elderly Iron Offline
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I guess it was me that missed it. I didn't see that you had a 53. The drag link is adjustable, so that's not a problem. The only differences I could see would be the hose routing. The set-up is pretty straight forward. You could fab your own brackets if you had to. I fabbed one to fit a 57 Napco and that was a bit more complicated!

Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318718 Sun Jul 21 2019 11:48 PM
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Chad M Offline OP
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Sorry I thought I had my truck info in my signature. I have a 53 GMC 1 ton with 350 V8.


1953 GMC 1-Ton Pickup with 350 and 700R4
Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1318763 Mon Jul 22 2019 02:24 AM
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You did. I didn't see it.

Re: Power Steering? [Re: Chad M] #1321747 Tue Aug 13 2019 08:29 PM
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bluechev Offline
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Is anyone familiar with the electric power assist from Saturn Vue and similar vehicles? It’s already been done on AD trucks with great success. It mounts in the steering column and requires 1 wire for power. If it becomes disabled for any reason the steering works the same as it would without the power assist.


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