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Old 04-18-2008, 12:44 PM
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I got a 39 chevy(my Father-in-laws car) and he had some guy put a jag front end in it. REAL CRAPPY JOB! Some guys have no ethics, or attention to detail. The pump is mounted on top of the motor, for lack of room down low, and the hoses to the rack servos are way too long. About 8 to 10 feet in length. In park, the pump squeels, when the throttle is tapped and locks up when I turn the wheel. It will actually stop turning while the motor is running. Additionally, at low speeds, tight parking turns etc., it's real choppy. Ya know- He's 83 years old, and trusts everybody to work hard like he did. Unfortunately, some guys think they are mechanics because they have a toolbox. I just want it to be safe. Any ideas?
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Hi guys,
I got a 39 chevy(my Father-in-laws car) and he had some guy put a jag front end in it. REAL CRAPPY JOB! Some guys have no ethics, or attention to detail. The pump is mounted on top of the motor, for lack of room down low, and the hoses to the rack servos are way too long. About 8 to 10 feet in length. In park, the pump squeels, when the throttle is tapped and locks up when I turn the wheel. It will actually stop turning while the motor is running. Additionally, at low speeds, tight parking turns etc., it's real choppy. Ya know- He's 83 years old, and trusts everybody to work hard like he did. Unfortunately, some guys think they are mechanics because they have a toolbox. I just want it to be safe. Any ideas?
John
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HOLY CRAP!!! the power steering hoses are 8-10 feet in length??? what did the guy do?? wrap them around the engine a couple of times?? i would say rip everything out and start over, sorry to give you this advice but you can't polish a turd--it will still be a turd.
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Tell me about it!!! What about the pump locking up?
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The pulley ratios may be wrong making it too hard to turn the pump.
What is the condition of the belt, the longer the belt the more critical tension becomes. Make sure it is real tight. What else does the belt drive.

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How much of the pulley does the belt pick up? It should get at least half a pulley. It can be made to get more with an idler.
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why not take the belt off and see how easy the pump turns, if it's rough turning by hand replace it. also is the belt the correct width??? if the belt is too narrow it's going to slip no matter how tight you adjust it.
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great ideas guys- thanks! I'm gonna see about posting some photos for ya.
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