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Power steering
#1376019 Sat Sep 05 2020 04:27 PM
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Has anyone changed to power steering on their 1954 3800 1 ton?

Thanks for any help

Re: Power steering
Dually54 #1376355 Tue Sep 08 2020 12:19 PM
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Sorry about the late response .... could be that all the gang were out over the weekend ... smile Anyway, I have not. But I always ask the question: Why do you want to?

If you want to do it because you want to do it, or you have a medical/physical reason ... then by all means. But if you think you need to do it to get "better" steering .... In my own limited experience on three restorations, I have found that rebuilding the steering box, replacing the tie rod ends and king pins, and getting everything in adjustment (all things you'd want to do anyway) provides steering *almost* as easy and comfortable as power steering at a fraction of the effort, expense and fabrication. In my current truck (1949 3804), I routinely drive 60-65 mph with original steering (adjusted, naturally). I even run bias ply tires. Steering is solid. Even at a crawl in the parking lot, it isn't too bad. Not one finger, but certainly one hand.

But like I said, if you *want* to do it, then have at it. But you don't *have* to do it for better steering -- just rebuilding and adjusting what you already have will get you 85 to 90 percent of what power steering would do for you.

Food for thought.


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Re: Power steering
Dually54 #1376468 Wed Sep 09 2020 05:34 AM
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I second John. I run radials on my 51 GMC one ton and have a similar steering feel. However, on very grippy pavement at a stop is another sorry. Once inching along, it eases up a lot.

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Re: Power steering
Dually54 #1376507 Wed Sep 09 2020 04:34 PM
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I'm running 19.5 radials on my 51 chevy 1 ton with stock steering and it drives like a dream, If anything it may steer a little to easy. It took some getting use to when I first put them on.

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