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Old 04/05/2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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manual to power steering swap

I know that if you already have power steering, you can buy an adapter to make it manual, but to change to power can you just add the cylinder, control valve, pump, steering box, etc. to the existing tie rods, drag link or is a complete swap in order. Is it more trouble than it's worth?

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Old 04/05/2006, 09:58 AM   #2
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Well my car was originally a power steering car that was converted to manual when I got it. I put it back to power steering. Luckily it still had the power steering box. I purchased the whole power steering assembly for 200 used. I rebuilt everything. All said and done so far i guess I am into the power steering about 400 or so. that being said.. I haven't tried it yet..so hopefully there will be no leaks.
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Old 04/05/2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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Oh boy, don't get me started!!! You can see another post where I was frustrated with my power steering. My car was originally manufactured with Manual Steering. Sometime in it's life, someone added power steering.

Last year, when we were ready to finish up our restoration, we sent the control valve and cylinder to TX to get rebuilt. It came back and looked like a success. Our pump, however, needed rebuilt but worked, so we went on with it thinking we would pull it again at first opportunity. Our pump leaked all last year, but nothing else really did.

This winter, we pulled the pump and had it rebuilt. It worked great. No leaks after install and it seemed like we were good to go. Then, a pump hose started leaking at World of Wheels. Since then, something else has happened and the pump is making another noise. Therefore, we have decided that we would go back to original and go to manual steering.

To answer your initial question. Yes. I think you need to have the correct power steering brackets but I think you should be able to make the car power steering with all the right stuff you mentioned above.

I will prob sell all of my power steering stuff once we remove it. It is my opinion (and only my opinion) that you can't keep these things from leaking and I don't believe the car drives any better (if not worse) with power steering on it. Once again, that is just my opinion. I look forward to getting mine switched back and removing the power steering to get rid of the leak. Because without the power steering, my car does not drip a drop for rear end, transmission or motor.

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Old 04/05/2006, 01:07 PM   #4
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There is a thread on this somewhere a while back. It really made me think hard about adding power steering. When I got my car it had a small steering wheel on it which made it even harder to steer. I decided before I added power I would try it with a larger, factory steering wheel (thanks Arlie). The difference is night and day. No way I'm switching to power and having the added headaches of leaks. JMO

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Old 04/06/2006, 08:48 AM   #5
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There is a thread on this somewhere a while back. It really made me think hard about adding power steering. When I got my car it had a small steering wheel on it which made it even harder to steer. I decided before I added power I would try it with a larger, factory steering wheel (thanks Arlie). The difference is night and day. No way I'm switching to power and having the added headaches of leaks. JMO
Hey Sara,
I was considering going to a smaller wheel with my manual CS. Do you think it's better with the factory wheel ?

If you think it's much better with the factory wheel I may just leave it as is for now.

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Old 04/06/2006, 09:03 AM   #6
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Can you provide me with a motor picture of your car without power steering? Or, do you have one in the gallery??

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Old 04/06/2006, 02:24 PM   #7
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Can you provide me with a motor picture of your car without power steering? Or, do you have one in the gallery??

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I just checked - I don't have any on my work laptop - I have some at home - I'll post them later - no problem.

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Old 04/06/2006, 02:36 PM   #8
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As you know, I am taking off the power steering this weekend. Could use a view down where power steering is suppose to hook up and include the fan. Need to figure out how to get rid of extra pulley. Maybe it will be obvious.

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Old 04/07/2006, 09:39 PM   #9
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Rich

As you know, I am taking off the power steering this weekend. Could use a view down where power steering is suppose to hook up and include the fan. Need to figure out how to get rid of extra pulley. Maybe it will be obvious.

Thanks.

Paul
Paul,
Somewhere I lost some pics of my car. I think possibly when my hard drive crashed at work. I went to take some pics tonight but the digital's batteries were dead (go figure). Charging them tonight and will try to get something posted for you tomorrow - need to take my daughter someplace in the morning so hoping to get them posted prior to that.
I'll post them ASAP.
Sorry about that.
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Hi Rich,
It is SO much better with the factory wheel. I don't know the size of the one that was on it, but it was very small. I had such a hard time steering the car which is why I wanted power steering. But with the factory wheel, it's like having power steering compared to the other wheel. The only problem is it's a little awkward using the clutch. Part of the problem is the new seat foam. I'm riding up too high. I might have to have some foam taken off but I'm waiting to see if it'll settle a bit before I have that done.
Definately stick with the factory wheel.

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Thanks for the info Sara!!

Aside from parking I don't mind the manual steering to tell you the truth.

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Oh yeah, parallel parking is still out of the question!

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Old 04/08/2006, 07:09 AM   #13
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Oh yeah, parallel parking is still out of the question!
I totally agree with that!

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Rich

As you know, I am taking off the power steering this weekend. Could use a view down where power steering is suppose to hook up and include the fan. Need to figure out how to get rid of extra pulley. Maybe it will be obvious.

Thanks.

Paul
Hi Paul,
Here are a few shots I took today. Sorry I didn't get them posted earlier but it was a crazy morning.

Let me know if these work for you or if you need a different view.
If you need another shot - just explain exactly where and I'll do my best. Or post or send me a pic of the area on your car.

I made these as big as I could and still post them. I have the larger versions on my hard drive if you need them. I can email them to you if that will work or maybe I can post larger sizes in the gallery - not sure.

Good Luck!
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Old 04/10/2006, 07:11 AM   #15
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Thanks Rich, those are great. I did swap from power steering to manual steering this weekend by using the manual steering adapter. Don't know that I am all the way done because I would think I would need to do something with the pulley's from the front of the car. Does anyone know (for a manual steering - no A/C) if there are still two pulley's up front??

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