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Add power-steering to 1952 Buick with OEM suspension

 
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PostPosted: Fri, Dec 26 2014, 7:10 pm    Post subject: Add power-steering to 1952 Buick with OEM suspension Reply with quote

A fellow I know with 2 door 1952 Buick super. He wants to rebuild OEM suspension.

Then Add power steering. PS on these cars was rare, seems only the Roadmaster would get PS. OEM power box is hard to locate.

The manual box has the look of a tri-5 car box. Long steering arm where the pitman arm bolts on

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PostPosted: Sat, Dec 27 2014, 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might check with Borgeson. They have a lot of power steering boxes that can be modified to fit different chassis.
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PostPosted: Sat, Dec 27 2014, 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of the tri five crowd use an aftermarket ps box from Classic Performance Products known as the CPP 500 box. Other than steering column mods it's a bolt-on on a tri 5. Sells in the 450-500$ range.
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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not much help but I hung a pacer FE on a 50 buick once,....
only customer I ever "fired".... Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The CCP box is patterned on a late 90s Jeep grand Cherokee box. The bolt pattern is different. It should be adaptable.
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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'99-'04 Grand Cherokee is another potential option.
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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to rack and pinion mod for 37-57 BOP:

http://www.crankshaftcoalition.com/wiki/Swapping_to_rack_and_pinion_ste ering

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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the tri 5 box design is looking closest so far... pitman arm length is shorter than OEM pitman arm. Tri 5 arm is slightly curved, OEM Buick arm is straight... Will look around for straight arm. Must be a bunch of arms that will bolt onto the box shaft and fit the tie rods.

Steering column will be changed

This 52 Buick is gonna be a Cruiser. basic stock type suspension, near stock height (lower) , Big chevy 454 power, automatic, 9 inch Ford diff. Will be done up nice, not fancy hi-tech.

Interesting deal here is virtually few parts were cross platformed back in the 1950's... Olds, Caddy , Buick all had their own designs & parts fitment. Some had torque tubes, others open drive shafts as an example.... although I figure many older folks here know that.

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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cros, I just had another look at my Crankshaft Coalition link and noticed the name "Crosley" listed in the by-line.

Zat you??

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PostPosted: Sun, Dec 28 2014, 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac wrote:
Cros, I just had another look at my Crankshaft Coalition link and noticed the name "Crosley" listed in the by-line.

Zat you??


Yes... I was a moderator on that Crankshaft wiki. Likely I modified some items on that section is why my user name is listed

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PostPosted: Sun, Jan 04 2015, 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seen one in a junkyard that had p/s and wish I would have grabbed it,the same yard had a few others with rare p/s systems too but they are long gone.
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PostPosted: Mon, Feb 16 2015, 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 55 - 57 chevy steering box was used. THe Buick pitman arm bolted onto the new chevy box.

Was even able to use 2 of the OE bolt holes on the new box.

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