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Old 04-04-2013, 12:53 PM
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55 F100 power steering

Hi everyone,
We would like to put power steering or power assist in our 1955 F100. It is all original other than a 12V battery conversion.

It has a 239 V8 with three on the tree manual transmission.

Does anyone know the best way to go about adding power steering? I have read that using a Toyota PS kit may work but will it work with the column shift?

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm going with the Toyota, but I read in Classic Custom Trucks, that CPP now offers a power steering box that may suit your fancy.
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Toyota seems to be a popular option. Do you know if it will work with the manual shift being on the column?
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That I don't remember, I'm a darksider,using an aftermarket column and floor shift. I'm sure someone will chime in with the answer.
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I used an aftermarket column and floor shift with my Toyota conversion but the stock column can be modified and used. See here for options and modifying the stock column: Toyota Steering Box Swap For 1948-1960 Trucks .: Articles
I believe the CPP box is just an expensive remanufactured Toyota box. Used boxes can easily be found for 20.00 - 150.00.
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I used an aftermarket column and floor shift with my Toyota conversion but the stock column can be modified and used. See here for options and modifying the stock column: Toyota Steering Box Swap For 1948-1960 Trucks .: Articles
I believe the CPP box is just an expensive remanufactured Toyota box. Used boxes can easily be found for 20.00 - 150.00.
It sure does look the same but smaller. they do a side by side in the article. I don't know the price, but I can well imagine, it's not cheap. I paid just over $100.00 for mine (Toyota), and with the mid fifties mount,it fit like a glove.
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When I checked, I think the CPP box was in the 500.00 + range.
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When I checked, I think the CPP box was in the 500.00 + range.
Just for the box, or does it come as a kit?
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Just looked it up


CPP5356PSK-OC 1953-56, with CPP 400 Series™ box, kit
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I thought I read the kit was around $750.00

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Doing more research, I found claims that the CPP steering box is a recased Isuzu box. That makes sense that the box would closely resemble the Toyota box since Isuzu and Toyota were manufacturing partners.
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Thanks for the info. It is still unclear to me if the three on the tree shift will be a problem. I wonder how hard it is to convert to a floor shift?
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The column shift is on a separate shaft and the linkage is above the end of the column where it would connect to the steering box. The shift portion of the column is a completely separate entity.
Changing to a floor shifter is also easy. Hurst and Mr. Gasket still make 3 speed floor shifter kits.
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