Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario Canada
How much to fix? That's really impossible to answer. You have to keep in mind this car is 37 years old, there is no cut and dry answer. You can buy new pumps, replacement pumps, "new old stock" pumps, rebuilt pumps, used pumps. And that's even if it is the pump which is impossible to know for sure with the amount of info we have now. It could be as simple as the hoses for example...or a seal in the steering box itself, which would require a rebuild of the steering box. Or you could buy a new steering box, or a rebuilt one, or a used one from a wrecker, on and on it goes. Unfortunately it's not like a new car where you can say "how much to fix this" and a garage can give you an estimate.
As for oversteer, I couldn't agree more with Big Dave. There is absolutely no comparison of these late '60's chevys to todays cars in steering/handling. I've had my '69 for 10 years now and I still have to get used to the steering on the first trip out of the garage in the spring compared to my every day car. If it has the original bias ply tires, you'll find you have to fight just to keep a straight line down the road - and that's "normal"! This is why so many of these old cars were so dangerous...loads of power and nowhere near adequate handling to deal with it...and why so many old car owners today do mods and upgrades to their cars.