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Old 10-13-2004, 01:18 PM
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50's Chevy truckw w/ power steering ?

Just curious if anyone has made a conversion to power steering.
Technically there were factory power steering models, but I've yet to come across one. There are at least 3 different kits out:
one is a power assist that actually is very close to the factory method. One uses a late model Chevy power steering box and one uses a Toyota power steering box which seems to require the least amount of heartburn.

I've read a lot on these in mags and on-line tutorials.But never read one word by anyone who did it. Would like to know if the conversion met there expectations.

Anyone got any G2?

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Keith

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I put power steering on my 56 3100 a number of years back. I bought the kit from Golden State Pickup Parts. I very soon removed it. the bump steer would almost put you in the ditch. I now have a Heidt cross member and power rack and pinion on it. This was expensive and an involved installation but it drives and stops great now.
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Old 10-13-2004, 04:06 PM
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Was it the power assist or did it use a later model Chevy steering gear..I think the steering gear ends up out in the wheel well.

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Been there, doing that

I put a 74 GM box on my 59 1/2 ton. Wish I hadn't. It has been a pain in the neck.
I too have bump steer, but not too bad. I used a kit from one of the Truck shops, don't remember which one.
The box is outside the frame, next to the tire, Tire rubs on hard right turn, turns to the right aren't very tight.

If I had to do it over again, I would use the conversion that uses a Toyota box in the factory location, or put in a subframe.
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