55 Dodge powersteering pump conversion
Burnemup
Posted 2010-09-29 11:14 AM (#243463)
Subject: 55 Dodge powersteering pump conversion



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I would like to change over to a alternator, but I have a generator with the Powersteering pump on the back of it. Has anyone done a conversion using a pump from a later Ply or Dodge that would work with my stock steering collium and still align with my belt layout?

Any help would be appreciated.



Thanks,

Ernie
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Powerflite
Posted 2010-10-12 7:24 PM (#245287 - in reply to #243463)
Subject: RE: 55 Dodge powersteering pump conversion



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Your best bet is to get an original pump setup from a '57-'58 325 or 315 Dodge motor. That would be the easiest and most straight-forward conversion. However, if you want to get a later model version, you need to use a low pressure pump. Typical pumps from the '60's have too much pressure. You can get a pump from an original rack & pinion application that has less pressure and should work out for you.

You can get GM power steering pump mounts from www.hothemiheads.com that might work, but it probably aligns to a chevy water pump instead of the original setup. It also uses a remote reservoir so I am not sure what that entails.
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tmd171
Posted 2022-06-25 8:20 PM (#622381 - in reply to #243463)
Subject: RE: 55 Dodge powersteering pump conversion


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Hi Ernie,
I recall looking at a thread (can't find it now) that showed your '55 (I think) with; a sanden compressor, an alternator, and a divorced pwr steering pump.

If I have the right car/person, could you shed some light on what components you used to make it all work?

I have a '56 CRL that I've already converted to alternator, but I want to figure out how to mount and drive an a/c compressor, and maybe ditch the generator mounted p/s pump.

Any help is appreciated!

Thx, Tom
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Burnemup
Posted 2022-07-04 11:38 AM (#622602 - in reply to #243463)
Subject: RE: 55 Dodge powersteering pump conversion



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Hello, Yes when I converted to 12 volts/alternator. I had to design a mount to use a small Tuff Stuff p/s pump in as close as possible to stock location which positioned just below the alternator on drivers side. I learned that the Tuff Stuff pump was setup for a GM replacement 1500psi. The Dodge Power-steering was 850 PSI(I learned that after blowing the seals in the steering column. I had to replace the $12.00 pressure valve in the Tuff Stuff pump and rebuild the steering column to $500.00.(Live & Learn)

For some reason I'm having problems attaching some pictures.


Send me your email and I'll send you the pictures. My Email is ernestbaily@att.net
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