I am installing power steering on my truck. Can't figure out how to mount the power steering pump with the existing ugly crossover exhaust manifold. Don't want to spend $400 on ramhorn manifolds but don't know what other options exist.
I may be using the Toyota box but so far am leaning toward adding a power assist which uses my existing steering box. I only mention these two options in case someone knows if either box would make it possible to mount some type of manifold instead of the ramhorn.
The steering project is on hold till I can figure this out so I hope someone has good ideas and experience with this.
1955/57 Ford/Thenderbird 292/312 & 1958/62 292 Fords used an Eaton P/S pump. The reservoir mounts atop the pump, but on T-Birds, was remotely mounted on the left fender inner apron, due to hood clearance issues.
All 1960/62 292/352/390 Galaxies, 1963/64 289/352/390 Galaxies with A/C also have the remote mounted P/S reservoir.
Big M Automotive is located in Williams CA. Mike builds destruction derby cars, has some 1960's Fords w/292, 289/352/390 engines in his wrecking yard.
btw: 1955/57 T-Birds w/power brakes use a Hydro-Vac P/B booster, mounts on left fender inner apron. Same reason as remote P/S reservoir...hood clearance.
Sorry ND, but I have to disagree. All Fairlanes with a V8 were dual exhaust. I would agree with the optional status for the Mainlines and Customlines. Jag
'49/59 car parts catalog lists the same exhaust inlet/outlet pipes for all 1955/56 V8 Fords with single or duals, Fairlane isn't specified. The only exception are V8 Sunliners (ragtops), all came with duals.
I have seen duals on a 55 pickup with a second passenger side manifold turned around and installed on the driver's side. This puts the outlet at the front of the engine pointing down. Kinda weird, but it worked. I don't know if this would help your power steering issue at all.
I have seen this done and while it looks better than using the original driver's side manifold and looping a pipe forward toward the radiator then down and to the back, the way you are suggesting still puts the exhaust pipe at an angle that interferes with the power steering pump.
I have begun to read about electric power steering pumps and would ask if anyone knnows anything about this as an option.
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