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Brat Power Steering upgrade?
Posted 23 January 2005 - 12:14 AM
How big of a project would it be to convert the standard steering to power steering? I will be traveling up I-5 from CA to Ocean Shores, WA this summer and am considering having it done at that time. I believe there are board members that are accessable on the way or in that general area that run or work in qualified garages.
I would appreciate two things: First, your thoughts on such a project and, Secondly, the contact info for someone to do the work.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 12:59 AM
But i would wait and see what anyone else has to say on the idea.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:44 AM
you will need the steering rack from a ea81 bodied vehicle, and the PS pump/brackets and lines. and I would also grab the linkage from the rack up to the steering column shaft.
your 87's passenger side head should already have the holes for mounting the pump.
after the swap is complete, you'll need an alignment.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:49 AM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 10:13 AM
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 02:14 AM
Posted 24 January 2005 - 03:07 PM
We have done this to a couple of vehicles, My dad's old 82 BRAT, a Wagon for a customer. In addition my 85 BRAT has powersteering on it, installed by the previous owner, and I bought it for the same reason, my wife being able to drive my BRAT. In addition, it really does make it nicer to drive.
Yes, you install the whole cross member, and all the power steering parts from another vehicle. The 84 and newer motors should have the 3 bolts on the head to mount up the power steering pump. On the 82 we did new headgaskets and switch out the head. It was the easiest conversion since the motor was out.
Posted 24 January 2005 - 03:11 PM
Posted 25 January 2005 - 11:47 AM
Only Turbo BRATS came with power steering, but lots of 82-84 wagons and GL-10's had this option. Gary
that is, if those brats came with factory power steering. ive never seen one with power personaly.
Posted 25 January 2005 - 11:54 AM
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Posted 25 January 2005 - 08:26 PM
can you drill and tap the heads on the pre-84 models? (like mine? )
Posted 26 January 2005 - 12:01 AM
Attn: RedBrat, I will email you about pricing later, as I am out of the shop but can talk about the conversion itself.
No rush as it won't happen until a trip north this summer some time. It would be good if you and/or others in your area keep your eyes open for a good donor for the parts. It would help avoid just getting what is available at the time. Parts can be paid for when they are secured even tho installation may happen later.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 12:23 AM
No, because the metal isn't there to drill holes into.
Posted 26 January 2005 - 01:53 AM
To answer your question Barracuda, maybe. There is one already predrilled that is usually used for the ground cable. There may or may not be two more "tabs". If the tabs are there, then yes it can be drilled and tapped, but be careful because the waterjacket is right behind there.
I am currently in the middle of moving to a larger shop, but will get a price quote to you after the first of February. Been working in one form or another till about 9:30 every night.
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