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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-27-2002, 10:56 PM
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Hello All,
MY name is Chris and I am the new owner of a 1961 CJ5. It has a twin stick T-90(I think)tc, a Buick 225 V-6 engine in it and a new fibreglass top. But, I do need some help. Is there any way to convert it to power steering? And, it is leaking a very little bit around the fold down window, how can I fix that? And, is there any other jeepers in the upper ohio valley?
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where at in northern ohio valley? miami valley? i hear the buick conversion is a good way to go...
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as far as the power steering goes i dont know much about the really old jeeps so i cant help you much.

as for the windhsield leaking.....thats pretty common. Get a new cowl seal...the seal thats right below the windshield, where it meets the body......and then use some high quality 3M adhesive, nothing terribly expensive and assuming the hinges arent all siezed up, should be an easy job
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I am in Steubenville Ohio. In the northern ohio valley. Right on the border line with WVa. The Buick engine is awesome!! It has a lot of get up and go. But, I just tried to put down the top and well I need a new windshield frame. The top of the frame where the top connects to the windsheild.
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Putting power steering in your jeep can be does very cheap, or very expensively. If you got the money, goto Advanced adapters website and they sell the kit pretty much complete for you..
to do it cheaply, you can copy everything they do for thier coversion, because it is nothing that cant be found. I converted my 63 CJ5 by copying everything a power steering CJ5 has. I took the hole crossmember that the power steering jeep had along with the box and bracket. and I just copied the design. I midified a 74 steering column to work to match the stock look. Orginally I had a later model cJ steering column, but it interfered with my hanging pedals i installed. It takes a bunch of welding, and luckily i had a buddy who welds for a living help out a whole bunch. The only thing I really coldnt find ofr the conversion is the long tie rod, which i bought from advanced adapters for around $50. the only problem i can see with you doing you power steering like mine is your exhaust. If you are running stock exhaust you pipe in the fron will interfere with my steering shaft, since mine is mounted up high. If you look at the advacned adapters setup, their steering column comes out in the orignal place that you steering column mounts so it will go under the exhaust. Well i hoped i helped you a bit.

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Thanks Dan a whole bunch!! But, that is not my number one priority now. The steering wheel has about 1/2 turn of play in it and it is pretty much shot. Because I can turn the steering wheel about 2 turns and then it just kinda stays there. I have another steering box for it but I can not get it off of the old steering colum. How would I do that? I do have a Chiltons repair manual that came with it, but it doesnt help me a lot. The extra box is mounted on a different colum, but the colum is rusted out or I would just drop the whole thing in. Can I get some help on taking off the steering boxes and putting on the new one?
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Chris,
There is no real standard way of taking that wheel off. I have heard from guys just getting lucky and hitting it with a hammer from underneath and it popping off, to guys throwinga rope around the steering wheel and then throwing the other end over a rafter in the barn and trying to pull it off that way. I guess they used a truck because they said that the jeep wanted to be lifted rather than the wheel coming off. Best thing to do is just soak the heck out of it break free or liquid wrnech or something similar. and say a prayer adn try to yank them apart. i have never had luck. I have just cut the column in half that i had and tossed it because i did the conversion. It may just be easier to do the conversion than take the wheel off. And once you have power steering with the jeep you will be so happy and never go back. You might want to do a search on yahoo for the CJ3B page. In the tech section they have a n article about removing the steering wheel.

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Thanks again dan. But, I am trying to remove the hole colum. the on with the good box is all rusted out or I would just put in the other colum. Is there any way to remove the box from the colum?
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