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O.K., I give up. I tried to search for this question, but couldn't find the answer I'm looking for. What car would I take a power steering from, to install into my 1971 Jeepster Commando?? Hoping to find one in a pick-a-part yard. thanks!! [img]images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img]
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Re: power steering conversion??

Depends on what part you want. For the pump and brackets, try any other 225 out there, or a late 60's to 70's 231. Or most 60's to 70's Buick 350's will mount to the 225.
I found mine on an 81 Camaro with a 231. I used the brakets pump and pulleys. Don't forget pulleys. For the gearbox most all gm power steering gear boxes will work. A four bolt will be a stronger one than a 3 bolt model. Also check it for how many turns it makes lock to lock, then decide if that's what you want.
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Re: power steering conversion??

Thank you so much for all your info. Now, I need to find one!!
thanks a bunch!!
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Re: power steering conversion??

So, what's the range of turns to lock on a PS box? And what is best for what kind of application (e.g. heavy duty off-roading, street use, etc.)?

A '71 should have Saginaw steering already, so at least he shouldn't have to redo the steering shaft (I'm a bit jealous on that one [img]images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img] ).
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Re: power steering conversion??

Jeep used a four turn box, (I think it's actually 3.8).
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Re: power steering conversion??

I used a pump, and bracket off of a '82 or '83 Buick, with a 231 V6.

I almost used one from a '76 Buick, but the pulley for the belt, and bracket lined up on the outer pulley, more away from the engine. (I suggest avoiding this set up.)

This was possible because, of the water pump shaft being longer on the 231, than the 225. So I found that the pulley, and bracket set-up on the early '80s Buick, was easier to convert to the 225, where as, the pulley and belt lines up on the rear crank pulley.(This set-up is much simplier.)

I took a 4 bolt power steering pump from a '83 Jeep Wagoneer, which I like very much. I'm sure there's many other donor vehicles to pick from, this was the easiest for me, since there was more ground clearence under it at the pick and pull, where most vehicles are setting on the ground.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll enjoy it once it's done. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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