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Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:12:48 AM »
I am planning to install a POWER gear steering box in my 1966 Mustang.  I have been told that the pump for this year will work, but I thought possibly a pump from a gear box equipped Galaxie would be more appropriate.  Would like comments on this modification and possibly the details on the differences in pumps for smaller and larger engines and the years 1966 to 1975.

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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 11:19:37 AM »
My first question would be - why a Galaxy? Mustang pumps for 1966 are Falcon pumps and are 'similar' to full size Fords and Fairlanes. The differences are in the pulleys. The standard 'it will fit' line of some is based on what's at the auto parts store, which are usually sold without the pulley. If you have the correct engine mounting brackets, pulleys, belts, drag link, tie rod ends, ram, ram bracket and hoses, all used on 1966 Mustangs, it will work - otherwise you will have problems.
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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 09:09:06 PM »
Jim, I am not using the original type of power steering ram used on 1966 Mustangs.  I am installing a powered gear box which is similar to those used in the full size Fords and pickup trucks.  I have noticed that pumps usually are identified by HBA but the following letters are used to indicate application.  Example -CA1 is used on a full size 1970-72 Ford.  Since this Ford is using a powered gear box would it be more appropriate for use in my application? 

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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 11:40:19 PM »
You've crossed into dark territory. Somewhere you have made some assumptions about the PSI and flow from a pump for an integral power steering system - is the requirement for the pump to be more or less? On that basis, I would use the pump required for the steering box, find a pulley with the correct offset and sheeve width, get a pump bracket to mate to your engine and pump, a belt, hoses and let us know.
What type of steering collum are you going to use?
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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 03:26:51 PM »
Jim, I have installed a gear box provided by ABS Power Brake (there was an article about this installation in Mustang Monthly) in my 1967 Fairlane Ranchero with a 289.  ABS indicated that the original pump was alright so to make sure I installed a newly remanufactured pump for that year Fairlane.  Now, after several miles of driving, I occasionally hear a groaning sound (usually related to air in the system) coming from the pump.  Other than this the installation works well and I plan to install another on my 1966 Mustang 289 convertible with a 1968 steering column that I have already installed.  ABS will not divulge where the pump is from, but from the logo on the box it is Toyota.  It is a very old style model and I have never seen one like it (been watching Ebay).  I am using the 1967-69 cast aluminum mount in both installations so I can use many of the Ford application pumps.  Unfortunately I do not know the pressure requirements of the gear box or the output of various Ford pumps.  This is my problem and the reason for my correspondence.  I have several photos of the installation if you are interested.

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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008, 05:07:49 PM »
Talking about dark territory....a Toyota part in a vintage Mustang?  Yeah.....OK.  I guess a blind pig can root up an acorn now and then.   ;D  Just kidding....But hey...if it works, it works. I just wouldn't brag about it.  ;D

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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2008, 08:26:28 PM »
The next thing you know "dogs will be 'sleeping' with cats".
Anybody put a 'bow tie' engine in a Mustang lately?
Sorry, I restore - I don't make resto-mods.
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Re: Decipher Ford Power Steering Pumps
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 06:58:35 PM »
Well for those that may be interested.  I have completed the installation of a 1980-82 Toyota Corolla PS gear box in my 1967 Ranchero and I have eliminated the power steering "moaning" by installing a 1970-72 Galaxie pump.  The larger aperture on the Galaxie pump must have been what the PS gear needed.  It is now smooth as silk.  Works great.

 

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