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Old 03-08-2006, 07:29 AM
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Power steering conversion for 49-50 chevy

Looking to see if anyone knows of the after market having a conversion to put power steering in a 49-50 chevy passenger.

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Does it have a traight axle in it? In most Chevy trucks from that era people seem to convert to using a 68-84 Saginaw steering box. A few people also have started making kits to bolt on a rack + pinion to a straight axle for trucks (nolimit.net being one) but not knowing how your axle compares to a truck's from that era I can't offer any other suggestions.
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Power steering conversion for 49-50 chevy

Believe it or not Chev did have power steering available for your car. Check Hemmings or put an ad in the classifieds wanted to buy section to see if you purchase one of the originals. Perhaps other GM cars of this era used the same steering box and you can find on original power assist there as well. I don't know if the pickups used the same steering box but there seems to be a lot of conversions for them. Maybe you could modify one of those to use on your car or check with the sellers to see if they might fit.

http://chevy.tocmp.com/1949_53shop/09steering/9_11.HTM
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Power steering conversion for 49-50 chevy

Start checking ebay for the parts. It might take some time but the stuff always shows up. I search daily and find it part by part..
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To answer Robin 58, No they didn't have a straight axle independent suspension coil spring.
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There is a way to reverse the PS steering box from a mid 80's astro van, and it will work, other than that, the 1949-1954 power steering system will fit right in, there in Ebay all the time, possibly available reproduction from chevsofthe40's or National Chevy Assoc.
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Thanks Matt I'll look into those sites.
I have also considered doing a front frame clip giving me disc brakes taboot?
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