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Power steering on 55
#1385410 Sun Nov 22 2020 12:16 AM
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Hi friends
A friend of mine got a 3100 deluxe 1956 with V8 265 ci
What is the best solution to by all you need to add a complete power steering equipment
And which parts seller?

Amitiés Alain frenchie

Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385417 Sun Nov 22 2020 12:42 AM
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There is a Series 400, new on the market, that fits in the existing location, looks pretty good, uses Toyota pitman arm(must be SAE splines, kind of short though. Look on EBay. Hooks directly to J shaped left spindle arm. Other options would be to mount GMC 3500 HD( non P axle) whole front axle and replace the left, inside frame steering gear with an outside frame gear like GMC 4wd, etc. units, have to extend angled tie rod. Moves tie rod to front of axle.

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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385420 Sun Nov 22 2020 12:51 AM
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Alain,

When one posts in more than one location, it is confusing, we all read pertinent subjects wherever they occur.

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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385459 Sun Nov 22 2020 05:54 AM
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when did power steering come out on pickups? I had a '57 chevy 4 door hardtop with all the bells and whistles and power steering. the pump attached to the rear of the generator. there may be a factory setup for a '56 pickup.


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Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385483 Sun Nov 22 2020 04:42 PM
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There was a power steering option for TF trucks. Like the car it was an assist which supplemented the stock steering box and also used the generator mounted steering pump. They were rare and likely not many around now. They didn't work well if the gear box and related components were worn. There was an aftermarket unit on the market for a while that used a similar control valve and ram.
I installed one on my 56 but it didn't give a good feel on the road. I ultimately replaced it with the Toyota conversion which is likely what Ed is referring to. There is a lot of information on this site about PS conversions.
Fred

Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385533 Sun Nov 22 2020 10:21 PM
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Alain,

The 400 series is referred to as a Vega box, however, no one has ever seen. ‘Vega’ box like this?

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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1385877 Wed Nov 25 2020 05:22 PM
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Due to the demand and limited availability of the stock Toyota steering boxes (available on 84-87 4X4 trucks) the aftermarket came out with a replacement which has a new casting that mounts directly to the TF frame. I'm sure each vendor has assigned it a name or number to make it sound like they have some exclusive product. Basic same product and they work well. Maybe some call it a Vega box to appeal to the street rod folks.

Fred

Re: Power steering on 55
Alainfrenchie54 #1386102 Fri Nov 27 2020 12:26 AM
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That would be the 400 series box.

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.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.

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