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power steering box conversion - w/o fluid?

I have a serpentine belt system off of a 98 Tahoe. I am currently using only have of the setup, the passenger side bracket with the alternator, and a shorter belt.

The manual steering box in my 69 Nova is wasted... I think. A friend mentioned something about being able to adjust the 'slack' out of the box? When driving down the road at about 45-50mph, I have play from about 11 o'clock to 2 o'clock...

The other side of the Tahoe setup has a power steering pump and a/c compressor. I don't plan on installing the a/c in this car until a year or two down the road from now....

And if I can't adjust the slack out of my stock box (which I doubt, it's pretty old lol) Can I buy a new power steering box, and use it for a while without fluid since I don't have the pump bolted up? I don't want to ruin the new box before I hook up the pump to it when I do the a/c....

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Here is what I think.

I would not run a power steering box dry.
It will steer hard, (some power boxes have steeper ratios and you are moving the piston without assist.)

I'm guessing here, but I would think the box will lack proper lubrication, unless you plumb a hose to connect the inlet /outlet and fill it with ps steering fluid.

Your steering will get even harder if you do that because you are moving the fluid too. Your steering box will become a pump.

I would suggest adjusting as much play as you can out of your current box and install the new one when you can install all of the pump and hoses properly.

That is just my opinion.
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New Idea...

OK how about this. I would like to put an aftermarket rack and pinion on the front of my 69 Nova. I just so happen to have a power steering pump on my serpentine setup from a 98 Tahoe.

Does anyone know if I can use that pump on an aftermarket R&P?

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OK how about this. I would like to put an aftermarket rack and pinion on the front of my 69 Nova. I just so happen to have a power steering pump on my serpentine setup from a 98 Tahoe.

Does anyone know if I can use that pump on an aftermarket R&P?

Thanks,
Sean
The p/s pump doesn't have any wires going to it does it? If not it should work fine. Some of the "aftermarket" rack & pinions are just ford units. Many ford R&P's are made for less pressure than GM stuff (truck pumps normally make a whole bunch of pressure). There are kits out there to reduce the pressure.
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