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1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem
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furvedere
Posted 2018-08-08 7:49 AM (#568057)
Subject: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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I have a 1958 Belvedere that has a 1964 318 in it. I have reason to believe it's 1733496 Thompson Power Steering Pump is off the original 318 that came in the car. I have power steering at cruising speed but at idle there's no assist at all. Has anyone seen a pump slowly fail like this? Anyways, I can't seem to find a replacement anywhere and before I remove it and send it off to a rebuilder, I thought I'd check here to see if anyone has any suggestions or if anyone may have a known good replacement pump.

Thanks, Bob

PS...I hesitate sending it off to a rebuilder because I know I could hear back that it's not rebuildable.

Edited by furvedere 2018-08-08 10:08 PM
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Shep
Posted 2018-08-08 9:41 AM (#568061 - in reply to #568057)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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Has this been a slow deteroration? If so sounds like it could be a pump issue, without a pressure test, hard to be sure.
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furvedere
Posted 2018-08-08 10:09 PM (#568100 - in reply to #568057)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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I bought the car in early 2015. It had the problem when I got it. 3+ years later it seems like it's getting worse.
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Shep
Posted 2018-08-09 7:54 AM (#568118 - in reply to #568100)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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To be sure a pressure test should be done, or you could try flushing the system, the symptoms do point to a pump issue.
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ttotired
Posted 2018-08-09 5:39 PM (#568147 - in reply to #568057)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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I would be surprised if a ps pump was hard to find in the US, I have at least 1 here in Aus for the 60 (I know its different)

Theres one on ebay now for your car, but pretty sure someone on here would have one kicking around

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-1958-Chrysler-Plymouth-USED-Thompson-p...

It does sound like a pump or slipping belt (you don't always here them) or its leaking internally in the box, but I doubt that

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furvedere
Posted 2018-08-09 9:40 PM (#568164 - in reply to #568147)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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ttotired - 2018-08-09 5:39 PM

I would be surprised if a ps pump was hard to find in the US, I have at least 1 here in Aus for the 60 (I know its different)

Theres one on ebay now for your car, but pretty sure someone on here would have one kicking around

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-1958-Chrysler-Plymouth-USED-Thompson-p...

It does sound like a pump or slipping belt (you don't always here them) or its leaking internally in the box, but I doubt that



I saw that pump on ebay...but its obviously a gamble to buy it. Not tested, could be junk/not rebuildable. I always thought you could hear a slipping belt. I know it's tight, but I'll check it. Thank you
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rebel
Posted 2018-08-10 12:19 PM (#568194 - in reply to #568164)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem


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I know Don Petty (wildone770) in Arizona has at least one of these pumps. Call him at 602-689-9414
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furvedere
Posted 2018-08-11 9:07 PM (#568264 - in reply to #568057)
Subject: Re: 1958 Belvedere Power Steering Problem



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Thank you...I'll give him a call.

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