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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 10, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Power steering reservoir and pitman ?'s

I’m looking at converting my 68 Camaro to power steering. There are two reservoirs that GM used, one with a tube like tower and the other that’s more of a pyramid. Does it matter at all which one is used? Are there any clearance differences with a short water pump 350 motor? Does it matter which return tube is mounted to the reservoir? There seem to be two or three styles that point in various directions.
Related, it appears that a new PS box will have a pitman arm shorter than the present idler arm installed. Does it matter if the two arms are different? I saw the photo on Dave Pozzi site that shows the difference but there was no comment on whether it mattered to handling or alignment.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 04:44 AM
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Re: Power steering reservoir and pitman ?'s

Lou, first gens used the tube style pump housing, the caps were different between 67-68 and 69. There were usually 3 different configs used 6 cyl, SB and BB, but mounting and fitting differences were introduced with each year usually for clearence. You can use different pumps, but you may need line adapters or it might be a tight fit.

The power linkage is different from manual to reduce the angles. Manuals were angled so you could park easier. Just buy the parts for power steering.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Power steering reservoir and pitman ?'s

Thanks Kevin!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 10, 04:21 PM
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Re: Power steering reservoir and pitman ?'s

Lou, I sent you a PM the other day...maybe you didn't get it. I have a power steering gear box, pump and pulley that I took of a '68 Camaro about a year ago sitting in my garage. I'll swap you that for your Manual gear box. Let me know what you think. I have pics of it if you want to see it. PM me your email address if you're interested.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 10, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Power steering reservoir and pitman ?'s

Hello Speed, just sent you two PM's.

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