Originally Posted by AntnyL
Hard to say, since I don't know your wife/how strong she is. But power steering on a light car like that, assuming a typical 60/40% front/rear weight bias and a fairly neutral scrub radius will give you no road feel/feedback. Makes for a weird driving experience, like your on ice. I tend to like some road feedback in the steering wheel. I had power steering in my '55 truck and it was much too easy to steer. Same for the brakes. A properly built and set up manual brake system will work great on such a lightweight vehicle. I have manual F100 drums on my '29 Ford hotrod and it'll put you through the windshield if you stomp on it. You don't need power brakes on such a light vehicle. Just my $0.02 though. If wifey weighs 75 pounds soaking wet, you might want to consider power brakes/steering.
Well your, and other posters comments, are worth a lot to me. As I have stated, this is a new type project I am doing and I need all the help I can get. Many rodders have told me that with power steering, it would be a squirrelly ride. As far as power brakes go, as long as it stops without extreme effort, then I will go with manual brakes. As far as my wife driving it, that will be very limited, as even now, I drive everywhere with her as a passenger. For example, this evening at supper, she said how far is it a drive to our youngest son, daughter in law and 3 grandkids house in Aubrey (Dallas) Texas.(You see, we are driving down there Thursday from here in Ballwin(St.Louis) MO.I asked her why and she asked if I could drive the distance by myself. I said I always do. She then said last year, when we drove to San Diego, she said she helped me drive. I said I forgot about that. Yep, she drove 1-1/2hours of that complete trip. Don't know why she is not talking to me right now. Women.