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Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: gwydionjhr ()
Date: July 14, 2013 08:45PM

Stopped in for a quick look-see at a local show today.

There was a guy there with a tricked out '65 Chevy Van.

He had a really neat power assist for his steering, and it looks to me that something similar could be added fairly easily to a 'vair. He said the basic set up comes off an early chev. I'm not sure what year, I didn't get into details as I know I can get them from him later.

However, I'm sure some of you guys here will know what this is off of, and can give an informed opinion on whether or not this would work on a Corvair.....







What cha all think?

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Joel Rushworth
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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: July 14, 2013 08:46PM

On a fc maybe, car I dont think it's needed

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: July 14, 2013 08:56PM

I work for an OEM automotive supplier that makes various steering systems. The current trend is Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with manual rack & pinion gear units. Lots of cars have this type of system nowadays. They can be easily "tuned" by programming verses changing the valving on an HPS (hydraulic unit). There's a lot less parasitic power loose off an engine to drive them too. I've been eyeing an EPS unit and manual rack to adapt to a Corvair someday. winking smiley

Bob Manwaring, Kingston, TN

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 14, 2013 08:59PM

Joel... that's "power assist" common in the 50-60's


Use an AC pulley... mount pump where AC comp goes...


if the system fails you have just normal steering left.





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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: July 14, 2013 09:01PM

Good Lord, why bother? Not Needed, IMO.

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 14, 2013 09:03PM

rnch Wrote:
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> why bother?


Fat tires..... quick steering.... old and tired arms????





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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: July 14, 2013 09:05PM

'64 and earlier FS Chevy & Corvette

Also used on many Fords. I've done the conversion on some street rods where no power steering box was available. It's a little tedious but doable.

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: July 14, 2013 09:10PM

Pump rotation?? that will be the problem!





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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: July 14, 2013 10:30PM

Problem is running power steering lines back to the rear of the car.

Wonder about electric assist steering which many newer cars have now instead of a hydraulic system. At some point someone will make this available in the aftermarket. So much simpler, just needs power/wiring and AFAIK they run on 12V.

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: July 14, 2013 10:57PM

As Craig mentioned; GM used it on the full size cars up to 1964 which predated the integrated Saginaw 800 power steering boxes. The Corvettes used that system up until 1982.
Ford used it on the Granada/Monarch models up until 1980.
Early Falcons and Mustangs used the same set up. They were definitely prone to leaks!

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: gmorphan ()
Date: July 15, 2013 03:30AM

Nickshu Wrote:
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> Wonder about electric assist steering which many
> newer cars have now instead of a hydraulic system.
> At some point someone will make this available in
> the aftermarket. So much simpler, just needs
> power/wiring and AFAIK they run on 12V.


There are aftermarket EPS units that are totally contained in the column (see below).
These are very similar to many OEM units in todays cars (2nd pic).

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Re: Possible Power Steering for 'vairs
Posted by: thatcorvairguy ()
Date: July 15, 2013 03:38AM

What about the auto parking option?


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