Keith Wright's Power Steering Conversion

Posted below is a sequence from the power steering conversion on a '78 FJ40 owned by Keith Wright out of Memphis.  Stay tuned for additional stuff here because Keith has always got a project planned.

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The prep begins by removing the fender and removing the stock column and steering components.  Removing the steering pedestal on the driver frame rail is the toughest
Prepping the horns requires removing the stock riveted front and rear mounts and cleaning the metal for welding.  Measure and check everything many times over!

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I weld  the nuts inside the frame for the bumper before I weld in the horn plates.  This makes for a cleaner install of the bumper.  Tack weld and check fit before welding it all up
 With the welding finished we painted the frame gloss black.  Step drilling and tapping the draglink comes next,  then assembling the rod and pitman arm onto the gear. 

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Installing an AGR unit requires two small spacers and stock smog brackets.  Did you notice the guard piece cut out for the shaft 

 Welding in a reversal kit meant reposition the bumper mounts.  A little grinding and welding  Finishing up with the reservoir, shaft, hoses & bleed

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    Typical of my luck my digital camera ate a few of the pics from Keith's conversion.  The next time he is over at my shop I'll snap some shots of the shaft with its slip joints and universals, the bumper mounting plates, and of the finished truck.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

 

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