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#778342 Mon Sep 05 2011 10:27 PM
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MY wife's arthritis in her hands is getting so bad that she now cannot drive little MaryAnn, her beloved 53' pickup that I built and gave to her as a wedding gift.

I know some of you folks have added PS to your ol' Chebbies and I'm asking for opinions, personal experience, do's & don'ts, etc. I am wondering if a mid 50's GM slave cylinder setup would work on the solid axle of the truck? I havea 57' Chev generator/PS pump combo already and would like to use it. Seems reasonable to me at this point but I don't know so here I am. Really wanted to get to Kansas City this year to ask some of you personally but circumstances won't allow for that. So have a great time and I'll try again next year, Lord willing.


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53moneypit #778367 Mon Sep 05 2011 11:30 PM
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I had asked a question along the same lines and member who uses the user name achipmunk really helped me out. I have his email but I don't know how he would feel if i gave it out. here is the thread where i asked about what to do with a 50 3100 front end https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads...Main=112287&Number=768205#Post768205

i bet if you PM'd him he could help out. really good fella.

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tracern1 #778581 Tue Sep 06 2011 06:13 PM
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Thanks.


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53moneypit #778621 Tue Sep 06 2011 09:00 PM
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you might check this out

never had one on mine, used the poor mans power steering.. knob..lol


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Originally Posted by joker
you might check this out

never had one on mine, used the poor mans power steering.. knob..lol


that's the exact kit I picked up. they threw in a 5 position tilt steering column with the automatic on the column shifter handle

tracern1 #780977 Thu Sep 15 2011 03:24 PM
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Yeah, that 's the kit I put on my 51 panel.

I did move the column to the outboard side and down about 3 inches. I
did so to clear the 455 Buick I put in it & to reduce to angle
of the new shaft a bit.

Effortless steering; even with 265-75Rx16 truck tires up front.
Get the optional tie rod (one inch billet steel) and the 1 1/8 inch
stabilizer bar. Makes everything nice and strong and reliable.

mike



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How did you end up mounting the steering column in the fire wall? I picked up the tie rod upgrade but not the stabilizer bar. I guess I will grab it to.

tracern1 #781262 Fri Sep 16 2011 03:24 PM
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Tracern1

If you you end up not having your shift linkage on the new column in the way of the motor then you really don't have to move the column as I did.

Since I had little fore and aft latitude in engine placement I chose to simply
weld up the original column hole and exit the firewall about 2 inches down and two inches to the outboard side; and then welded up a piece of 1/8 in steel plate to re-enforce the floor around the new hole.
(By the way I used a Kugel Komponents T400 column shift linkage kit. It proved to be high quality and highly adjustable for custom applications like this. Didn't want to wrestle with adapting stock stuff or junkyard parts. )

The stabilizer bar I got from CPP was really beefy and installed with no drilling
using existing mounting points at spring perches and front frame crossmember.
Since I have a panel that weighs a LOT more than a pickup I chose to keep the solid
front axle, but beef everything else up.

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tracern1 #781264 Fri Sep 16 2011 03:28 PM
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I don't wish to use a replacement steering column because I have 3 on the tree and want to keep it. Also I don't see what brackets are supplied for the PS pump but my guess is that it's for a V8. I have and will be keeping the 235 engoine. What about steering box frame clearance issues? Have they been addressed?

I'm just leary of these kits when so many questions are unanswered. So Tracern1 how did yours work out?
Thanks.


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53moneypit #781344 Fri Sep 16 2011 08:58 PM
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The CPP kit will place a later model Chevy pickup power steering box
on the outboard side of the frame and well forward of the axle.
They provide all the spacers and brackets necessary to precisely weld up
the mount and then bolt the steering box to .... very well thought out and well designed
in my opinion. However, you are correct in assuming that the pump bracket is for a Chevy V8. I simply used the brackets from a Buick in order to bolt my pump
to the motor.
Since you wish to keep the 3 on the tree, however, I'm betting that the necessity of cutting of the steering shaft on the stock column will negate the use of the stock shift linkage; but I'll bet others have insight into this part of the project.
mike

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