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    Ten years in the making - Power Steering update

    As you oldsters may remember, in 2009, after some research, stealing ideas from others and with your input, I began planning a Corvette Power Steering Retro-fit to my '67 GMC Van. With the onset of old age, a shoulder replacement and Chemotherapy, I started moving from planning to install.

    As the project moves along I will post updates. For now - - - -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Rj...ature=youtu.be

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    Website - - - in progress
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    Cool! Nice to see you are getting this going. I've been collecting my parts and hope to start my process in the near future. I've got the power steering bracket, pump, and pulleys for the straight six and after looking at all the stock setups I chose the ford high boy setup for my power steering. The valve is already incorporated in the drag link but just needs to be customized to our draglink length. Just need to rebuild the parts. Also need to find a place to do the hydraulic lines for me. Unless I learn how....

    Great slide show. Will be following your progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 66BeachCruiser View Post
    Cool! Nice to see you are getting this going. I've been collecting my parts and hope to start my process in the near future. I've got the power steering bracket, pump, and pulleys for the straight six and after looking at all the stock setups I chose the ford high boy setup for my power steering. The valve is already incorporated in the drag link but just needs to be customized to our draglink length. Just need to rebuild the parts. Also need to find a place to do the hydraulic lines for me. Unless I learn how....

    Great slide show. Will be following your progress.
    Cool - thanks

    I also changed the PS pump Flow Control Valve to a "low flow" valve. I am just looking for power assist - - - not full-blown "one-finger" power steering

    I am sure you know there are clearance differences for the Control Valve position on the drag link between 1st & 2nd Gen Vans. Also issues if front disc brakes have been installed and running the stock 2nd gen sway bar.

    I am sure you have seen M1Dadio's set up for a 1st gen

    Good Luck - - -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Truckin View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyrde View Post
    Cool - thanks

    I also changed the PS pump Flow Control Valve to a "low flow" valve. I am just looking for power assist - - - not full-blown "one-finger" power steering

    I am sure you know there are clearance differences for the Control Valve position on the drag link between 1st & 2nd Gen Vans. Also issues if front disc brakes have been installed and running the stock 2nd gen sway bar.

    I am sure you have seen M1Dadio's set up for a 1st gen

    Good Luck - - -
    For the "subscribed" part that just means he'll be following your progress.

    If you can show details on changing the PS pump flow control valve details I would definitely appreciate it. I was wondering if I did have to do that or not...since I saw it in M1Dadio's install. I'm going to be doing the steering assist as well. The high boy control valve shouldn't have clearance issues since it's already incorporated in the middle of the drag link. One reason why I chose this setup. There are 2 types of control valves for high boys and they both have the widest part/control valve in the middle of the drag link. But, no I haven't test fitted it yet lol. I'll post pictures if I can find them
    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    Here's the control valve pictures and setup for the 73-75 high boy setup. I only chose this setup because of how the control valve is integrated in the middle of the drag link. But I assume the the newer corvette type are more advanced? The corvette types of control valves I think have an adjustable screw? Which is cool. Don't mean to high jack your thread with pictures but I do appreciate your input.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails IMG_7590.jpg   IMG_7589.jpg   IMG_7591.jpg   IMG_7604.jpg   IMG_7605.jpg  

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    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66BeachCruiser View Post
    Here's the control valve pictures and setup for the 73-75 high boy setup. I only chose this setup because of how the control valve is integrated in the middle of the drag link. But I assume the the newer corvette type are more advanced? The corvette types of control valves I think have an adjustable screw? Which is cool. Don't mean to high jack your thread with pictures but I do appreciate your input.
    That's a lot of hoses!!! Wow - - - M1 ran into that as well

    Flow Valve - - - just this simple

    https://www.hotrod.com/articles/1209...se-attachments

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    Today - - - rebuilt the Control Valve and Cylinder. Prepped both amd two brackets for paint tomorrow
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyrde View Post
    Today - - - rebuilt the Control Valve and Cylinder. Prepped both amd two brackets for paint tomorrow
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