Q: Power Steering Conversion
I am interested in putting power steering in my 1968 Firebird 400. What is the best approach? Is there a later model Firebird that has a steering box, pump, brackets, etc. that will directly bolt up?
A: Use all the engine mounted hardware from a 1968 Pontiac V-8 Each year is different in the pulleys,brackets etc. Best gearbox to use is one from a 78-81 Trans Am with WS-6 suspension option. Next best one is any Trans AM(69-81) The WS-6 has 2.2 turns lock to lock and gives a real nice road feel.It is a high effort box so doesnt give the steering the mushy feel.You must replace the relief valve located behind the pressure port in the ps pump as the Trans Am box requires more pressure. There are some quick ratio A body gearboxes but stay away from them as the internal stops are differnt.Any gearbox that you use must have the pitman arm replaced with the correct curved 1968 one.These are avaliable in repro form for about $90. Its not cheap to do it right but what is.
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