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mrjazzmillcreek
05-26-2007, 10:36 PM
Does anyone know how to change a non power steering car to power steering with out raising the 283 engine to take off the pitman arm? I have another power steering unit I want to use.

Ray Martin

sbca96
05-27-2007, 12:37 AM
You HAVE to change the pitman arm, the manual steering car doesnt have
a control valve ON the pitman arm. Its a once piece part on a power
steering car pitman arm/control valve/reach rod. Sorry. If you did
not get this part, you are missing the most important part.

Tom

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

mrjazzmillcreek
05-27-2007, 08:07 AM
I have all the parts,how do you get the pitman arm off the steering box with out raising the engine about 2 inches?

Ray Martin

sbca96
05-27-2007, 02:53 PM
Oh .. I am sorry I mis-read that. I thought you meant without doing
the pitman arm at all.[:I]

I remember doing the rear core plugs on my dads '69 Avanti and pulling
the engine, separating it from the trans (left in the car) just to get
to the $1.50 parts. You would think that GM could have sprung for two
brass core plugs in just the REAR at least!!

Maybe someone will chime in for you here.

Tom

Roscomacaw
05-28-2007, 12:04 AM
Ray,

There's no "magic bullet" or secret trick. They didn't think there'd be much call for regular replacement of pitman arms. Fact is, I'm sure they never dreamed of someone working on this thing some 41 years after it was built.:(

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1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

N8N
05-28-2007, 07:22 AM
I'm sure this is not helpful at all, but the early Saginaw power steering/box assembly has a Pitman arm that can be easily removed from above with common hand tools... unlike just about every other Pitman arm...

nate


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kamzack
05-29-2007, 02:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by mrjazzmillcreek

I have all the parts,how do you get the pitman arm off the steering box with out raising the engine about 2 inches?

Ray Martin


Hi Ray;
There is a pitman arm puller that can be ordered from a number of vendors(NAPA) that should work without engine movement. it is a very compact unit. I have also used an oversized pickle fork to put pressure on the arm and tap briskly on the P arm. Pickle fork can be wiggled back and forth to help. Again, no engine movement.
Hope this helps,
Kim

sbca96
05-29-2007, 05:04 PM
I was under the impression that the clearances were somehow different
than the Studebaker powered cars, but if all things are equal you are
welcome to read through the hell I have dealt with in my Power Steering
thread, I show the tool in action :

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7602

Tom


quote:Originally posted by kamzack
There is a pitman arm puller that can be ordered from a number of vendors(NAPA) that should work without engine movement.

buddymander
05-29-2007, 10:01 PM
Jack up the car, put a jackstand under the pan with a board on it, unbolt the left motor mount, and let the car down slightly.