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Old 01-01-2012, 07:17 AM
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Power Steering Conversion

I want to convert my 65 F-100 to power steering .. I need a shorter automatic column .. Hope to get some ideas on how others have done this and if theres any aftermarket options that have been tried ...
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I am in the middle of this process myself. I took the power steering and steering column from a 1978. As I understand it, any 1973-1978 will do the trick. I had hoped to keep the steering wheel from my 66, but I don't see a clean way to make it work.
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I am in the middle of this process myself. I took the power steering and steering column from a 1978.

As I understand it, any 1973-1979 will do the trick.**

I had hoped to keep the steering wheel from my 66, but I don't see a clean way to make it work.
Same 3 spoke steering wheel: 1960/63 Falcon/Comet / 1961/66 F100/250 2WD / 1966 F100 4WD / 1966/73 Bronco / 1967/70 F100/250 2WD/4WD / 1969/70 F350.

Ford/Saginaw integral P/S: 1969 F100/250 2WD & F350 from serial # D96,001 / 1970/79 F100/350 2WD / 1975/79 F150 2WD / 1976/79 F100/150 4WD / 1977 F250 4WD from serial # Y20,001 / 1978/79 F250 4WD / 1979 F350 4WD

Bendix P/S: 1966/68 F100/250 2WD, 1969 F100/250 2WD before serial # D96,001.

** Peeps recommend using 1973/79's cuz there's more around, most have P/S...and disc brakes.

Note: F350's were not available with Bendix P/S / 1965 F100/350's were not available with P/S

Note: 1973/75 F100 4WD, 1975 F150 4WD, 1973/77 F250 4WD (High Boys, 1977's before serial # Y20,001) were only available with Power Assist P/S
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I am in the middle of this process myself. I took the power steering and steering column from a 1978. As I understand it, any 1973-1978 will do the trick. I had hoped to keep the steering wheel from my 66, but I don't see a clean way to make it work.
You can keep your steering wheel from your '66. You just have to grind off a little off the top where the steering wheel attaches. Grind it even with the threads and you will be fine. I also reused the original collar that houses the turn signal switch because the new one had a hazard switch in it and my truck already had one on the dash. Now it looks completely original.

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66f-100, I hoped to do what you did. I'm also going from a 3 speed to an automatic and I definitely want the column shifter. I don't think there is the option of reusing the turn sig switch column. I don't have hazards so I am going to make use of the accomodation on the new column.
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You can keep your steering wheel from your '66. You just have to grind off a little off the top where the steering wheel attaches. Grind it even with the threads and you will be fine. I also reused the original collar that houses the turn signal switch because the new one had a hazard switch in it and my truck already had one on the dash. Now it looks completely original.

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If you guys do this than put the on BEFORE grinding down the end of the shaft. That way when you are done grinding removing the nut will chase the treads. I also taper or bevel the top a little so it looks like the end of a standard bolt. Otherwise you may play he!! getting the nut started ever again. Happy New Year to all.
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Just a question about the cooling tube that attaches to the frame, is it really necessary?
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Just a question about the cooling tube that attaches to the frame, is it really necessary?
I would say yes if you want to get service life out of your PS unit. As in tranny heat is your enemy here.
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Just a question about the cooling tube that attaches to the frame, is it really necessary?
It is not, a substitute can be used. The system does need some cooling. I have seen a small one that connects to the pump. There is enough air flow going through there to support one.



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Licoln PS fit too

I used a PS system out a a 78 lincoln it fit just fine then I put a GT steering wheel on it and hooked the horn up everything worked fine. I can send you pictures if you want
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I just did the conversion and used a Derale (Made in USA) tranmission cooler. The only difference between that and their power steering cooler is the trans cooler has brackets for mounting. I didn't want to attach it to the radiator since I might be adding a/c down the road.

http://www.amazon.com/Derale-13222-F...5890773&sr=8-1

This is mounted to the inside of the frame rail using "L" brackets bent to 45 degrees.

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:51 PM
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I like that, I am not going to add A/C so I think I will put it up front. Thanks for the pic. And thanks to all for the help...
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I just did the conversion and used a Derale (Made in USA) tranmission cooler. The only difference between that and their power steering cooler is the trans cooler has brackets for mounting. I didn't want to attach it to the radiator since I might be adding a/c down the road.

Amazon.com: Derale 13222 Frame Rail Transmission Cooler: Automotive

This is mounted to the inside of the frame rail using "L" brackets bent to 45 degrees.
I bought this cooler to use as a power steering cooler on my 1974 Bronco. It was perfect! it was easy to install and i didnt need to buy anything else to install it.

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