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Leaking Power Steering Cylinder

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tomj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 hours 17 minutes ago at 10:14pm
ha! yeah, if you stick to factory wheels, or chose aftermarket (wider) wheels that puts the tire contact patch in the right place to maintain scrub, yeah, you don't really need power steering. but i'm hardly impartial -- i truly hate 60's american-car power steering, in general.

the old Gemmer boxes are the only option, but they behave nicely. be warned there are all sorts of minor-but-annoying differences, including shaft length. check carefully.

they are easy to rebuild, and likely need rebuilding. it's ooooold! mainly there's a bushing or two that goes bad. it's actually a decent box. i run 90 weight gear oil in mine (rebuilt by me in 2011?), since this odd design has the pitman arm come out the top, it doesn't leak oil. it's a cheap rebuild, bushing, bearing, gaskets. (use Permatex Right Stuff it will never leak.)

eliminate all that weight, complexity, hoses, and oil mist under the hood!

like i said, i'm biased.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SCRAGTOP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 hours 10 minutes ago at 10:21pm
Believe it or not, I have a remanufactured power steering cylinder for the 61 to 63 Americans. Got it from a guy who had it rebuilt at the OEM I think? Anyways he told me it cost him 700 bucks to get it rebuilt.

I'll sell it for 350 if you are interested... Let me know.

Email me at stummster@cox.net
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ramblinrev Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 hours 35 minutes ago at 9:56am
It would make sense to switch over to manual if you have the parts car. The steering box is the same. The inner tie rods are not. You'll have to mount an idler arm with the PS car does not have. Eyeball it and see if you can move it all over from the '62.
These cars do not need PS!
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Opportune time to shed the 60 year old tie rod ends. 
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Tom thanks once again for your valuable insight.  This is a swap I am looking forward to completing once I have a couple of the other leaks on this car under control.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Danno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 3 hours 15 minutes ago at 5:16pm
Jon thank you for the offer on the cylinder.  The only thing wrong with the one I have is the rubber cushions that go under the rectangular retainers.  These are under $5 each so purchasing a rebuilt cylinder isn’t necessary for me.  However I’m betting someone out there will be happy to have a rebuilt one at your offer price.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Danno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 3 hours 9 minutes ago at 5:22pm
Paul thank you for the great information.  I am hoping this swap will not entail a boatload of fabrication as my skills in that area seriously lacking.  No matter what it takes I will make sure it’s done right.........I hope.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Danno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 3 hours 7 minutes ago at 5:24pm
Alberto thank you.  Seems like a very good idea.
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