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Old 09-30-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Found a bracket off a six cylinder Camaro which had been butchered to fit around a set of headers, I Did not have the rest of the pieces so I just built them. The bracket as found, And after repair Name:  IMG_2189.jpg
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I already had the pulleys installed so I left the alternator on the inside pulleys and set the power steering pump to line up with the front pulleys
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

The lower alternator bracket which bolts to the block. It had been 'adjusted' in the past and was just about out of metal at the rear hole. The new bracket moved the alternator forward 1/4" which lined up the pulleys better
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:42 AM   #5
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

nice work , funny I had to butcher mine to fit around my headers !!!
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:48 AM   #6
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

That turned out great Bruce. Have you driven it yet? Did you get the steering box bracket squared away?
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:33 AM   #7
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

Whats the pump out of?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:41 AM   #8
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

Great job man !!

I plan on coverting my truck to P/S as well...Got to keep my eyes open from some parts.

Again, what was that pump off of ?
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

Very clean work - well thought out, with clear pics.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:50 AM   #10
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Found the pump at a swap meet this last weekend. Cost me two dollars. Came with a power steering gear box which also cost me two dollars. The gear box has the same casting number as the new 71-72 gearbox I just bought. Oh well. I decided to go with a new gearbox just so reliability was not a question. I have a totally new front end and did not want the gearbox to be loose.
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Re: At Last- Power steering in a I-6

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Old 10-01-2009, 11:29 AM   #12
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that turned out great bruce. Have you driven it yet? Did you get the steering box bracket squared away?
I haven't driven it yet. The stock three speed trans and column shift have to go away first. A 77 nova is donating a turbo 350 and the tilt column. The nova column and shafts are the perfect length. the intermediate shaft slides exactly into the rag joint.
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Size:  32.9 KB Recycled the 77 Nova brackets with some modifications. Working on a new bracket to hang the E-brake back under the column. Thinking about flipping the E- brake handle over and pointing it towards the passenger side. Would still be mounted flat under the column and right under the edge of the dash. .... still thinking about this ....Anybody have other ideas on E-brake options???
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:45 PM   #13
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Attachment 501618 Installed with new rotors and calipers- Stayed 6 lug
This is pretty much what I wanted to do on my truck - upgrade to the newer ball joints and spindles from a donor truck, but stay with 6 lug rotors. Where did you get the rotors from?

And if I did find a donor truck with disc brake calipers, could I just buy 6 lug rotors that would work with them?

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Bluesfella --CPP had a package on E-Bay which I bought for less than catalog price. It fit 71 & 72 spindles with 6 lug and used GM calipers. I have heard other guys have had trouble with CPP but I had no problems at all. 1971 was the first year front disc were standard issue. I also have a 71 so when I found a 1971 rolling chassis on craigslist I grabbed it. I can salvage the other stuff for my 71. Guys say 73 and up makes a better swap due to availability and rubber bushings .
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Looks good bubba327. I got a 61 and I've been told I could use a 73 as a donor truck for the both the ps and pb. Whats your opinion since you do have a 63.
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Size:  39.7 KB Recycled a piece of the old 64 bracket. I left the brake pedal bump stop. Heated and bent the old tab back flat again (that held the old brake light switch) Welded on a new bracket facing out and welded on a new bracket on the arm so brake light switch is now accessible. . Original wiring reached the terminals
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I need to take a closer look at this. I had to add a two belt pulley to my alternator and didn't feel that was a good thing. Your's is much cleaner!
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As far as ebrake is concerned, I am moving mine to the inner side panel where the air vent is. I am covering that up and mounting it there using a pedal assembly from a 80's van if I remember correctly. I also bought an adjustable ebrake cable from Lokar. I know I am losing the airvent but I have really long legs and I am constantly scraping them on the handle.
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Size:  41.5 KBFinally got all the brackets built. E-brake works great. Wiring harness comes later in the project. Planning a cover for the wiring under the column.
Had to add 1 wire under the dash for a hazard flasher( orange wire to flasher , brown wire up to column switch ) and now all directional lighting works perfect! Everything else wired up color to existing color. The new orange wire comes from the hot side of the brake light switch , using the same circuit so the hazard light quit flashing when the brake lights are on. (as per 1977 Chevy wiring diagram)

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Steering wheel was found installed in a Buick 4-door in the local the Pick-A -Part. Maybe a mid 80's Chevy Camaro sport wheel? Dunno what it came from, but it was only $8.00...

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Gee-- it is good to be attaching and posting again.. Bubba
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Getting some stuff done. Looks nice.
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Getting some stuff done. Looks nice.
Now the old three speed transmission has been removed and the automatic Is ready to go in as soon as I borrow a transmission jack.
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Now the old three speed transmission has been removed and the automatic Is ready to go in as soon as I borrow a transmission jack.
Sweet. Still waiting to see how much mines going to cost. Guess it had a few gears messed up.
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That has turned out real nice Bubba.
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