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04-16-2004 10:50 PM Power steering for early Chevy pickups
To see my '33 Willys Project Feature, click here.

Here is the steering system I used on my 53.

The power steering gear in the picture with the 53 unit is from a late 80s Toyota land cruiser. Very similar in shape and size. I had to heat and bend the pitman arm straight, cut off the ball drill and taper the bore of the small end to accept the Chevy pitman arm ball joint.

The next two photos show the mount for the gear. Fits great with a simple mount made of 4 x 4 x angle iron and a few pieces of 1/4 plate.

Borgeson dampner/universal joint directly couples the GM column to the gear.

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04-16-2004 10:55 PM Power steering photos (cont.)
I had to heat and bend the steering arm on the spindle up about 4" because the pitman arm on the Toyota gear is a lot shorter than the Chevy.

I used a GM tilt column (Came out of a Pontiac I think) they are pretty much all the same except for length and there are two spline sizes. Borgeson can handle either. Get the under dash bracket from the donor car too. It has the added benefit of the power brake pedal being built in if you want to go with the firewall mounted power booster.

I did an installation of a column like this on a ?57 Chevy pickup for a friend. He used a Monte Carlo front clip so instead of the Toyota gear we built an extension shaft to couple to the Chevy power steering gear on the front of the clip.

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04-16-2004 11:00 PM Power steering pump
Finally I used a dual groove pulley I got from Jim Carter's (from a 250 chevy engine I think) to drive the Toyota power steering pump I mounted with a home made bracket bolted to the mechanical fuel pump spot. Am using an electric pump.

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04-16-2004 11:12 PM Chrysler electronic ignition conversion
My 235 distributor was the 50 year old points type (photo 1). I wanted a modern electronic system to go with my hopped up engine but didn't want to pay the better part of $400 for the commercially available alternatives.

It is an easy conversion to install the innards from a Chrysler electronic distributor in virtually any points distributor. Photo 2 shows the part you need to scavenge off the Chrysler. Note there are two types of inductor rings shown - an 8 lobe for a V8 and the 6 lobe one I used on this engine. These pry off with a screwdriver The other item is the magnetic pickup.

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04-16-2004 11:15 PM Chrysler ignition 2 (continued)
Photo 1 is the Chevy breaker plate removed from the distributor. It must be stripped clean. Photo 2 shows a notch that must be cut in the Chevy distributor housing to accept the magnetic pickup wires.

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