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My recently purchased 68 has all new suspension components except for the steering box. As there is a lot of play in the box, I would like to upgrade/rebuild the box. Any ideas as to whether or not to go with an aftermarket box, or a remanufactured one. It is currently a bit of a restomod, so I would like something that perfoms well and is reasonable tight and responsive. Suggestions and possible sources would be greatly appreciated.

 

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I bought a rebuilt power steering box for my '67 Beaumont at Can Craft in Surrey.Cost $250. at the time which was about 6 years ago.

Steering works well,never had a problem.They're still around,try the link.

http://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/British-Columbia/Langley/Can-Craft-Steering-Systems/1778822.html



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Thats great thanks. Do you know if it is an upgraded box or just to stock specs? I have heard of some stock boxes being built with upgraded components to improve feel, firmness, turns to lock etc. It would be great because we have an office in Surrey that could likely ship it for free to me.

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The one I bought was '67 GM RWD fast ratio no stops PS gear.Probably stock as it has that loose GM feel.

They do have a website, http://www.canpages.ca/page/BC/langley/can-craft-steering-systems/3413605.html

and I see that they're in Langley now.You'll have to copy and paste the website to your browser 'cause I don't

know how to make it work when you click on it.



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Thanks Barney. I sent them an email.

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I spoke to a fella (who I think may have been a previous owner of truckers black rag?) who stated that his favorite upgrade was replacing the 66 Beaumont steering box with that from a Camaro. "Plug and play"?...

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Good to know. Thanks.

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One of the most popular upgrades is the Jeep Grand Cherokee box...bolts in and you just have to buy fittings to convert the metric box to your lines, and a new rag joint, those are readily available as well... You can find details of that swap on the Team Chevelle website...

ak Ps... Tighter ratio and a firmer wheel with this swap

-- Edited by ak 67sd on Wednesday 31st of October 2012 07:38:01 PM

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ak 67sd wrote:

One of the most popular upgrades is the Jeep Grand Cherokee box...bolts in and you just have to buy fittings to convert the metric box to your lines, and a new rag joint, those are readily available as well... You can find details of that swap on the Team Chevelle website...

ak Ps... Tighter ratio and a firmer wheel with this swap


 That's what I was going to say. If you do a search on this site you will find a couple threads on this subject:

http://canadianponcho.activeboard.com/t39665493/steering-box/

http://canadianponcho.activeboard.com/t45803834/big-block-69-beaumont-with-standard-steering-vs-power-steeri/

There's also a thread somewhere about modifying the hoses easily.



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Thats great. Thanks for the info, I will look into it right away.

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no need to modify hoses,, just grab a pump from 83?? ish GM.. they used a metric hose, but still the old style  pump. Just need to change the hose female insert at the pump. wink



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Awesome. Thanks.

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If I go with the Cherokee box, do I need to modify me stock pump at all?


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other than changing the outlet presure fitting to metric,, no ....

now,,, I know the outlets can be easily changed in the 70's to mid 80's pumps,  NOT sure about the old style 60's pump??

I'm at work , can't pull one of the shelf to tell you right now...



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Well a reman 97 GC box from Rock Auto showed up today along with the ragjoint and adaptors from Lee Manufacturing. Now to get things installed. I will keep everyone updated. Blew me away that a "new" box was actually cheaper than one from the local auto wreckers!

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Remains to be seen if I need to swap out the pressure valve in the pump. Some say yes, some no.

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Pechetr wrote:

Remains to be seen if I need to swap out the pressure valve in the pump. Some say yes, some no.


 Have you talked to the guys at Hydra Steer in Edmonton?



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Not yet....Will see how it goes first.

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Well everything went in today in adout 2 hours. Believe it or not, no surprises or complications. Even the original bolts were ok to be re-used. Steering wheel definitely has a lot less play, but will have to wait for spring to test things out.

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What upgrade did you go with?

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Rag joint and inserts from Lee (70 bucks) remanufactured 1997 Grand Cherokee box from Rock Auto (80 bucks), Core (15 bucks), Shipping and handling.... 55 bucks. Looks almost identical to the factory box.

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Great!

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Well it has been installed and tested. No leaks and the steering is instantaneous. Absolutely no play in the wheel whatsoever. Looks like the stock pump will work just fine!

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Had the car out a few days ago and the steering is fantastic, I cannot believe the difference!

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