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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 01, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi I'm new to the world of Camaro restorations as I have been restoring porsches and BMW's. I have acquired a n original owner car ('69 Camaro Coupe) that was bought new by my mother in '69. It has 92K original miles, straight rust free body, always garaged since new and never any collision damage.

I need help converting it to Power Steering. It has the 230 cu in six. From my research so far I've been able to determine that I need a P/S bracket and pump, P/S box, and double groved pulleys for the crankshaft and water pump. Am I on the right track here in terms of what I need and does anyone know where I may obtain these parts especially the P/S pump bracket to mount the pump to the engine and the pulleys.

Any help from you more experienced guys out there would be greatly appreciated. This car is a bear to drive with manual steering.

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Don't feel bad, I'm in the middle of the same conversion myself. The pump and brackets I started with came off a 6 cylinder car, and would not work on my big block. I ended up having to buy a new BB pump and brackets, so if you are interested in the pump and brackets I have for the 6 cylinder car, shoot me an email and let me know. Also, the "rag joint" or coupler may need to be replaced also, I haven't got that far, but if you search the earlier post I had on this subject, the consensus was it had to be changed. Good luck.........KZ

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I'm starting this conversion too on my '69Z, and now have all the parts (except the new hoses don't have the foam sleeves around them - anyone know where I can get the sleeves?); you DO need a new rag joint lower half (get an original, not the crummy repro), and make sure you get a pitman arm with the power gear (the splined output shaft diameter on the power gear is larger than the one on the manual gear). The correct GM rag joint lower half is available from Heartbeat City (Jim Stubbings) at (810) 790-2400, www.heartbeatcity.net . Hours are 12-7 EST. Fabulous source for NOS, QUALITY repro and used 1st Gen. Camaro parts - that's all they do, and they don't carry any junk. Tell him the Viper guy sent you.

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JohnZ, is the pitman arm the piece that attaches to the bottom of the steering box itself, that will eventually connect to the steering linkage? Please don't tell me I need another part, I've got just about everything also, but haven't heard anything about the pitman arm being different. The "new" steering box I have already has the arm coming off of it, from the donor car. I hope this is what you are talking about. Thanks.......KZ

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I think you need: steering box, hoses, hose clips, PS pump, pump brackets, pulley for crank, pulley for pump, and pitman arm. Yes, the pitman arm is the piece attached to the bottom of the steering gear box, and I'd be a little afraid to use the wrong one or a used one, since they're a wear item. The rag joint will need to be changed from the 3/4" one (manual) to a 13/16" one, if you go with a power steering gear for the right year. I'm looking at using a PS box from an 84-87 Monte Carlo SS, which apparently used the smaller 3/4" rag joint. If you swap in a later model box for better feel/faster ratio, you can get metric adapters to use old style hoses and pump for $6.79 from Lee Manufacturing @ 818-768-0371. Tom Lee can also answer any other PS conversion questions you might have, or he can build you a custom PS box. Steve Laabs
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I did this conversion on a 68 with a 250 6- cyl. Good luck on finding the PS pump bracket. That was the hardest part for me. I got lucky at a bone yard. I couldn't find a repro from anyone. The pitman arm MUST be for 67-69 PS box. The diameter is different from manual and the linkage end is altogether different from later years. My PS box came from a mid 70's Camaro. I didn't have any problem with the rag joint??
Hope this helps, you will love the difference, gar own tee.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Winch:
I did this conversion on a 68 with a 250 6- cyl. Good luck on finding the PS pump bracket. That was the hardest part for me. I got lucky at a bone yard. I couldn't find a repro from anyone. The pitman arm MUST be for 67-69 PS box. The diameter is different from manual and the linkage end is altogether different from later years. My PS box came from a mid 70's Camaro. I didn't have any problem with the rag joint??
Hope this helps, you will love the difference, gar own tee.
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Can you tell me what routing that the P/S belt connects...i.e., crank to water pump to P/S pump? What pulleys do i need. Currently my fan belt only connects to crank pulley, water pump pulley, and alternator.

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