reverse rotation saginaw

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  • July 28, 2012 07:41 AM - 1563 Views
    Friend of mine recently got a 50 chevrolet Bel Air hard top project . He wants to build a 235 with some speed equipment and adapt a th 350 transmission . The kicker is he wants to keep the stock front crossmember and center point steering but he wants power steering . NO RACK AND PINION . He has a Saginaw 800 and a 605 box ( regular rotation ) . The box is going to be mounted on it's side on top of the frame with the pitman arm pointed down . Don't think these boxes will work . I think he needs a reverse rotation saginaw 800 box but we don't know what car , van or whatever it comes out of . I know there are some kits out there but he can fabricate his own brackets . He owns a machine shop . Help appreciated . . . . . Gordon

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  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    NAPA PART # 88-278068   ABOUT 200.00 + CORE OF 200.00. I WENT TO PULLAPART ANG GOT AN OLD CORE FOR 30.00. THERE IS A GUY THAT WILL BUILD CUSTOM BOXES and ratio for reverse steer. chip 417 864 6676. havent talked to him just email. sorry for caps.i have put this box from napa on 3 buicks and they work great.they were on ford econolines in the 70's and 80's. also check part # 88-278067 it might be metric. or viceversa. i used the 278068. hope this helps you.


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  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    July 28, 2012 12:37 PM

    Thanks , Sam .  I'll forward the info .


  • STUDE42 Info - coldwater, Michigan
    July 28, 2012 09:17 PM

    Take a look at the 70's and/or 80's Chevy 4X4's.  The steering gear was mounted forward of the front axle with a drag link running back to the left front wheel.  Not sure if the rotation was reversed or not but with the forward mounting it may have been.

  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    July 29, 2012 08:22 AM

    Thanks , Stude .   I think I saw somewhere that some of the 50's Studebakers had basicly the same  center point steering as the  49-54 Chevroets and the  53-62 Corvettes .      Will definetly look into the 4X4's .    I imagine some of the Studebaker guys have done this swap .     I'll look at some of their forums .

  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    July 31, 2012 08:04 PM

    Thanks  , ya'll    .       He called me today  .  Ended up getting one off an Astro van  .   smiley

  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 31, 2012 08:28 PM

    is it reverse steering too?

  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    August 01, 2012 03:03 PM

    Yes it is .     We found out  that  some , but not all,   of the Astro/Safari vans  have reverse rotation plus the ones You and Stude mention  .   This one is a salvage yard box .   He got it cheap  .     at least he's got a core .  If the rack piston and worm is ok and the bore is not scarred up too bad I can rebuild it for him  .  0-rings , seals , bushings , etc .


    Thanks for the help . . . . .  Gordon

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