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power steering upgrade
#1404932 Tue Apr 06 2021 02:13 AM
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'Bolter
my 54" 3100 is very hard to steer, i want to upgrade to power steering. i have radial tires on already, but backing up is going to tear my left shoulder apart... lol i spoke to tucker classic parts and they suggested upgrading to IFS w/rack and pinion as apposed to keeping the stock axle and putting a power steering box kit in. i figured not to do all the work installing an IFS now, i could accomplish the p/s box much faster, get to drive it for now and take on the IFS project later on. any thoughts????

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Re: power steering upgrade
1954 3100 chevy #1404971 Tue Apr 06 2021 01:25 PM
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'Bolter
Before committing to P/S, has the steering been rebuilt? New tie-rod ends, drag-link ends, king pins, and the steering box rebuilt will make a huge difference in how they drive and steer. Tire air pressure and tire width also makes a difference. If you choose to go with P/S, the linkage and king pins still need to be rebuilt. Someone will come along with the parts you will need for the upgrade, I have seen Toyota gear boxes mentioned but I don't know for what years. There are ways to add the power assist with out cutting the truck apart. Rack & Pinion on straight axles don't go together, it really makes for some less than ideal steering columns.

Re: power steering upgrade
1954 3100 chevy #1404973 Tue Apr 06 2021 01:58 PM
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'Bolter
There is a somewhat new power steering box that mounts in the existing location, existing mount bolt holes, gold colored steel mount plate, look in CPP, Classic Parts, some other places. Need to install pump on your own.

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 upgrade
1954 3100 chevy #1404979 Tue Apr 06 2021 02:32 PM
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J
'Bolter
What Joe said is very important...particularly about tire width.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: power steering upgrade
1954 3100 chevy #1405210 Thu Apr 08 2021 12:27 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
The CPP kit Ed referenced is https://www.classicperform.com/Store/1960_1972_Chevy_Truck/CPP5559PSK-OC.htm . You would also need to add a power steering pump and bracket as well as additional pulleys to make it all work.


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8, Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: power steering upgrade
1954 3100 chevy #1405235 Thu Apr 08 2021 04:46 PM
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If and when I install power steering, I would seriously consider electric as discussed: https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/1341817/2.html


Gord
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1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed

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