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    So I have this 53 Commander with the saginaw box, is there other power steering pumps that will work without using the original pump? The car is kindof a resto mod at this point anyhow. Anyone have a nice setup they would like to share? Brackets, pump, lines, pics?
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    51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
    53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
    62 Volvo PV544 Sport
    59 Renault 4CV




  • #2
    Care to share why the OEM pump isn't the preferred option? Knowing what you're trying to accomplish might help get more specific recommendations.

    jack vines
    PackardV8

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    • #3
      I have a line on the OEM pump and brackets. $140 + shipping. I will have to rebuild the pump. Do not know where to get that kit. Thought it might be cheaper and a lot less time going with something else.
      51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
      53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
      62 Volvo PV544 Sport
      59 Renault 4CV



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      • #4
        Make sure you get the two special head bolts (double stud)with
        the package to bolt the bracket to the engine.
        Also the power steering hoses with the restrictor.

        http://www.studebaker-info.org/rjtechoct2014p2.html
        Robert Kapteyn

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        • #5
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          I was unable to find the correct head bolts when I added my power steering, so I made studs. The first picture is a sample bolt a friend loaned me to copy, the second pic is my completed studs. I used grade 8 coarse thread bolts, and threaded the fine thread end. I ground a long taper, or lead, to help get the treading die started.
          Dwight 54 Commander hardtop

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          • #6
            You can do what I am doing. Going electric. No pump, belts, pullies, or hoses.

            http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...S-on-Buttercup

            Jerry Forrester
            Forrester's Chrome
            Douglasville, Georgia

            See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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            • #7
              This box was used from late '53 through '57 and some '58s. The pumps were not all identical. This is a GM gear and used GM pumps I think.... Not sure how long GM used it on their cars.

              I sourced a setup from a '57 hawk for my '53 and the pump that was with it was not the same in appearance as the '53-'54 shop manual or other through '55 cars I have seen. I WAS however identical to a '57 caddy I saw at a car show. When I went through my pump (came from old junk yard) I found some rust pits inside and swapped parts around with a similar pump I got at a swap meet that I suspect came from a Chevy.

              The point to all this is you could likely get a pump from any GM car that used that same gear box and if you can get the correct pulley for it (GM ones not dished out I think) it would work. Note that the shaft OD varied over the years as well.

              I was told my a tech at Lares Corp (rebuilds those gears) that a "modern" pump, especially one for a rack & pinion setup would have too much pressure and damage the seals in the gear.

              Jeff in ND

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