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Old 02-17-2007, 04:28 PM
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Nova Power Steering

I currently own a 71 nova with manual steering. I found a person that is piecing out a 73 nova with power steering. To convert mine I only need the pump, pump bracket, power steering box, and the hoses correct? I can reuse my steering column etc. It should be a bolt on replacement?

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I may be wrong ... but I believe the boxes are different ... a 71 is rear steer and I think a 73 is front steer.

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Old 02-17-2007, 08:30 PM
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He has the entire steering system for the car. I was just curious what I need because I don't want to purchase things I don't need. I did a complete front suspension/steering overhaul a year ago to the car.
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If what Deuce just told you is correct...The steering box will not work on your car. Best to make sure before you buy it.
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Classic industries lists the same part number power steering box for 68 through 76 nova.

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I will look in my Durex catalog tomorrow to verify. That catalog will say if it is standard or reverse rotation. If it is the same power box then it should bolt right in in place of your manual box.

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but I believe the boxes are different ... a 71 is rear steer and I think a 73 is front steer.
Nope. 68-74 are rear steer (same hardware as the first gen F-body) and 75-79 are front steer (same hardware as second gen F-body). Having said that, the Saginaw power steering boxes on those cars are all the same. It's the pitman arms that are different.
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So, I can reuse my old pitman arm or the one on the power steering box correct? All i need is the pump, pump bracket, hoses, belt and the box?

I appreciate the responses guys.

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OK ... I was wrong ... happens every now and then ...
I knew that the later ones were front steer and thought the change came when the body changed in 73 ...

The question had been viewed over 20 times with no response ... so at least I got it up top where he could get a few more views and the correct answer.

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OK ... I was wrong ... happens every now and then ...
What's the old line? I made a mistake once. I thought I was wrong. (BADDA BING)

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I knew that the later ones were front steer and thought the change came when the body changed in 73 ...
Actually, the steering change DID come when the body changed - in 1975. The 68-74 Novas all use a subframe that's based on the 67-69 Camaro subframe. The 75-79 cars use a subframe based on the 70-81 Camaro.
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You definitely need a pitman arm, since manual & power arms don't interchange. Also, look at your pulley & belt setup vs. the '73. I converted my '72 Nova (350, factory air) from manual to power, and I just had to add a belt. I used the coupler that was already on the power steering gear, and it bolted up to my original steering column. My P/S gear came from a '75 Firebird, while the pump setup came from a '75 or '76 Monte Carlo.

If you want to quicken the steering, get the steering arms from the P/S car. They should be shorter than yours, and that gives you more turning angle from the same steering wheel movement.
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