1961 - 1966 F-100 & Larger F-Series Trucks
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I'm new to this so bear with my stupid questions...
Is there such a thing as a power steering conversion kit that can be used to convert my 1966f100 manual steering to power steering? If so what company sells it? I recently injured my neck and shoulder and don't think I can manage the manual steering anymore.
Welcome to FTE. I wouldn't say there is a kit, per se, but it is a commonly done conversion and there is plenty of expertise on here to advise you on how to do it. What engine and transmission do you have? That will help tell you what you have to do.
Thank you all for the replys,as to the injury it will probably be a chronic problem now that I,m "over the hill"
I have a mechanic friend who is willing to do the work for me and hopefully I'll be able to assist
He had the same model years ago and is pretty familiar with it,but he didn't think a conversion was possible......I thought I had read otherwise ,so I will gather all the info I can and run it by him. He has the truck now ,replacing a cab mount that went and had started to affect the steering etc .I figured while he has it in the shop if we can switch to PS that would be real nice.
One of the things I would be using the truck for is pulling a horse(donkey actually) trailer , so any assist with the steering while backing and maneuvering trailer would be VERY HELPFUl
Thanks to all
May - JoWilker, AKA, John is the forum's resident expert on power steering conversions. We will still need to know what engine and transmission the truck has now. Since you're going to pull a trailer, do you want to upgrade to an automatic trans (if it isn't one already)? Power disc brakes? You'll probably want to add a trailer brake controller. If any of those upgrades appeal to you, this is the time to get everything all at once from the same donor truck parts source. Good luck!
May, A Bendix gear will direct swap but most here don't like it. Starting in 73 Ford starting using the Saginaw gear that is preferred. The column has to be swapped along with the gear because the connect point is 2 & 1/3in closer to the firewall due to the plumbing on the gear. A ps pump has to be added, so engine type has to be factored in.
When swapping the column, auto or straight drive has to be factored in. Now that you have also mentioned trailer, having power disc brakes would be sweet running the ol boy.
While this is not light weight it is all bolt hole exchange. When I bought my 66 F100 it had the V8 "352" and 3 spd manual. I bought a non running 76 F100/150 with V8 "360" C6 auto, power steering, & power disc brakes. I parked the 76 & 66 side by side, dropped the front axle set from the 66 and pulled it aside, then dropped the axle set from the 76 slid it over and bolted it up under the 66. I had the C6 rebuilt, along with the engine, and am VERY happily riding around with the upgrades, pulling trailers and enjoying not shifting gears.
If you have questions, fire away, we are here to help.
In the cool still quiet hours of night, you can hear chevies rusting away.
Welcome to FTE. I am doing this swap now. Like everyone has said it is a bolt in. Just make sure you get mounting hardware for the pump that will fit your engine. Also like they said you must change the steering column because it is shorter. For me the hardes part was the wiring plugs are different but the color codes are close. Good luck.
Yes having the brakes upgraded is a good idea. I had that on the wish list ,but it should be on the "need list" if I pull a trailer.
My 66 has a 6 cyl engine ,but which size I don't recall right now....I'll check
It's a 4 speed standard which I don't mind because my right shoulder etc is "good" so
I'll share all the info with my mechanic friend and see if he's willing.
My thought when I bought the truck was to be able to work togeather with a friend who has all the nevessary equiptment in his garage where he's restored a couple of oldies for himself.I'd beblearning as I go ,doing a lot of hands on .But unfortunately that friend has "flown the coop" so now it's at a mechanics shop being done as a "job" where I won't be able to be as involved as I hoped. As a teenager I had an old Willys Jeep that my brothers friends helped me work on and I really enjoyed it ,knowing what made what work and how to fix it if it broke.
I hadn't planned on paying mechanics full labor fee's either so that's takes a bit of the fun out of it.
But I guess ya gotta pay if you wanna play
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