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Old 08-23-2004, 11:51 PM
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Question Power Steering Conversion

Hey everybody! Im a 17 year old kid trying to get my uncle's 1970 Nova runnin around on the street again. Right now i need power steering and was wondering what its gonna take (what components) to convert my baby from manual steering to power. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Power steering pump and brackets for 68-74 Nova, steering box, hoses, engine pulleys for the same.
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Old 08-25-2004, 12:51 AM
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I used a junkyard '76 Monte Carlo pump & brackets, & a junkyard '75 Firebird gear when I converted my '72 Nova. I used the rag joint that came on the Firebird gearbox, & I used a new pitman arm & hoses (both listed for '72 Nova w/PS).

The gear had 4 mounting holes, but only 3 are used on a Nova. Many other GM car gears will fit, but there are some differences in the internal steering stops (mine stops when the tire hits the subframe), & in the hose connections. GM changed the hose end configuration from flare to O-ring after '76, but adapters are available, or you can have a custom hose built at a hydraulic shop.

For the pump, be sure you use bracketry from a long-water-pump engine ('69-later cars, '73-later trucks). Some have a short bolt that goes into threads in the water pump, but some use a through-bolt at the same location (driver's side of water pump). I had to adapt mine, but I forget which way.

Factory cars with PS & air have a 3-groove crank pulley. The alternator belt goes to the rear, the PS belt in the middle, & the AC belt on the front. Alternator & PS belts both go on the water pump pulley, AC does not.

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