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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-19-2006, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Power steering or not?

I have been trying to decide if I want to run power steering on my 79 ford f150 that I use as a Friday night race truck.

I checked on prices and it would cost more to change over to manual than it would to get replacement pump and gear box.

I wanted to go manual so I could drop some weight and take another pulley off the engine.

All though as you drive down the strip your power steering shouldn't be using hp, should it? (So long as your not turning the steering wheel)

Power steering is nice though!

Has anyone ever done this and been able to tell what type of differance?

I fiqure the gear boxes weigh about the same.
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My uncle had a 76 f150 with manual steering and it sucked ***. If you drive this thing any other time than straight down the track I would leave the power steering in. Realistically, you have a heavy vehicle and what are you really gonna save by going manual, a power steering pump (20 pounds maybe). I wouldn't do it myself. My Pinto has manual and it is alright. My Falcon and my 56 both have manual steering and it sucks to drive in town. Unless it is strictly a drag truck the convenience outways the few pounds you will save.

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Just weight

From a power perspective in straight line racing, the only thing a conversion to manual steering will possibly give you is some weight reduction. I'd keep power.

In fact, I'm sorry I didn't do power steering in my car...and may do that in the future.

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Switched from power to manual steering on my Fairlane. Manual steering adapter cost about $140, I think. It sees limited street duty, and I don't miss the p/s.

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I don't know what your steering looks like ,but on cars that the lines screw directly in to the box. I just connected the two lines together at the box.Worked fine.
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I don't know what your steering looks like ,but on cars that the lines screw directly in to the box. I just connected the two lines together at the box.Worked fine.
I thought about doing that. Problem is the ratios are different between the manual and power gear box. The rag(I think that is what it is called) joint can't take the abuse of the power box with out the pump.

Plus, this truck is a snitch to turn with a spool and no power steering! I have been told by other people also that these trucks with a manual box only wants to drive straight.

Thanks guys, I'm going to keep the power steering. It's cheaper and makes the truck easier to drive.
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