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Old 09-19-2022, 08:56 PM
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Default Power steering in a 66 Lemans

It's getting to be a bit much to turn my steering wheel at low speeds so I'm thinking that an assist from power steering would help. I'm open to electric or any type of power steering. Looking for suggestions ease of installation and cost are factors.

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Old 09-19-2022, 09:46 PM
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Put the factory setup on there.

Easiest and most cost effective. I can’t see any type of electric power steering being either practical or affordable.

Shouldn’t be too hard to source the needed pieces here in the classified forums from one of the parts collectors that answer the want ads.

Plenty of quicker ratio steering boxes available as well to make the driving experience even nicer.

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Old 09-19-2022, 10:07 PM
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Since these cars were designed with belt-driven power steering in mind from day one, my vote would be to install a stock style PS system. I wouldn't use an electric system unless the car in question was an oddball that never had PS from the factory and therefor made it impossible to use a standard belt-driven setup. There's no need to reinvent the wheel on a GM A-body.

You can get a brand new (not reman'd) Lares pump for around $170, and a pulley will run about $70 new. A reman'd quick ratio steering box can usually be sourced for in the ballpark of $100-135. The pressure & return hoses will run about $50 for both. The PS pitman arm will cost about $75 new. You'll also need all the brackets and hardware, which will probably be in the neighborhood of $180-200. The belt will be around $15.

So far, we're at $715 total when using the higher values above. That said, you can probably find used original brackets, pulley, and pitman arm here in the classifieds or on Facebook Marketplace for significantly less than buying new. I think upgrading to power steering would be money well spent.

Regarding the ease of installation, it's very easy to do on a '66. The steering box and coupler are easily accessible, so you don't have to struggle in tight spaces, etc. I just installed all of this stuff on my '66, so let me know if you have any specific questions that I might be able to help with. I have lots of photos of how it all goes together, too.

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Old 09-21-2022, 08:25 PM
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I have pictures for you
Clean 66 power steering pump n brackets
66-7 power steering box from low mile 67 skylark gs. a buddy parted out
With Pontiac Pitman arm . Rag joint should be replaced
Scott


But your box is full

Please contact me at
Scott68gto@comcast.net

Thanks

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Old 09-22-2022, 10:31 AM
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I would put a stock setup on the car.....although I'd use the 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee quicker box.

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Old 09-22-2022, 11:29 AM
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I would put a stock setup on the car.....although I'd use the 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee quicker box.
This is what I did. Huge reduction in the number of turns lock-to-lock. Very worthwhile upgrade.

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Old 09-22-2022, 05:40 PM
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I would buy stock replacement pump, box and hoses from almost any parts store or Rock Auto. Buy the bracket from someone on here or from someone in one of the POCI chapters. I wouldn't install used hydraulic parts unless you know their history.

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Old 09-22-2022, 08:38 PM
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This guy will rebuild pumps and boxes, and convert to quick ratio. He rebuilt my pump. No issues. Fast and affordable.

https://www.powersteering.com/

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I'm going to go with the consensus of this group and I'm buying the OE parts from a fellow PY'er. By doing this I shouldn't have to make any mods to make something else fit. Thanks to all for your input.

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Good call, but I would have the box rebuilt with a modern / quick ratio. Big improvement IMO and makes driving easier.

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Good call, but I would have the box rebuilt with a modern / quick ratio. Big improvement IMO and makes driving easier.
Agree here.

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