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Old 09-02-2003, 10:32 AM
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Adding power Steering to '51 Mercury

Recently purchased a '51 Mercury (with a '51 Merc frame) and before I end up with arms like Popeye the Sailorman I need to install power steering. I know it's possible to do this without changing the frame because I've heard through the grapevine of it being done. It would be nice to change out to power brakes at the same time but the priority is the steering. Any suggestions on how to do this or the names of any after-market sources for the parts needed would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2003, 10:52 PM
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Try FatMans. http://www.fatmanfab.com/ That might help with the front suspension. From what i understand the Merc and the Lincoln are the same car except for a few cosmetic changes. I would also think a lot of Ford parts would fit that application.
You should be able to do everything you need with out swapping out the front frame or IFS.
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I did the power steering swap on my 49 monarch[canadian merc] and it was easy to do. I used the fat man bracket with a ford truck power box and chevy van tilt [no key in column]. You even use the merc pitman arm and the bracket bolts to stock holes in frame. I have had this setup for years with no problems. If you want more info I can take pics and explain better.
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This is my merc with ford truck box and fatman bracket. I had to trim back the inner fender panel a small amount and I shortened the steering shaft [not the column] 2in. I then bolted the top half [chev] to to the bottom half [ford] rag joint together. I even used the stock chev tilt mounting bracket under the dash in the stockmerc holes. I then took a piece of alum. and bent to fit hole in the fire wall. You don't have to shorten the steering shaft but I think it looks better with the steering wheel closer to the dash.

Wow! what happened? my pics are side to side intead of up and down

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