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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-02-2015, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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is there a cheap way to convert manual to power steering. its a 283 engine. without buying conversion kits. id like to use junk yard parts
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Do you want to keep it stock or something better from later years?



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Do you want to keep it stock or something better from later years?

Reason he asks is that your year car used a hydraulic cylinder ram for power assist as opposed to the much more common way having the hydraulic cylinder included inside the steering gear box as used on 1965 and up full size cars.

You will have to buy your steering parts off of a Corvette restoration house if you want to use the parts used on a 1958-'64 Chevy Impala as there are not a lot of parts sold in junk yards for these model years now.

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I don't want an assist but don't want to pay 1000 dollars for aftermarket. will something newer fit. someone told me a Toyota 4x4 steering box would fit and work? is there any truth to that.
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Stock is a good way to go, but that's my liking. Used are available and most new parts are available from an Impala Vendor. But even going Used, I recommend some of the parts be new. A combination of both is your best bet and pretty easy to install. Other than the new conversion kits, I can't really help on any other non-original application.

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I don't want an assist but don't want to pay 1000 dollars for aftermarket. will something newer fit. someone told me a Toyota 4x4 steering box would fit and work? is there any truth to that.
There is no other stock PS gear that is a direct bolt on fit. There are several new aftermarket PS gears that are, the best and least expensive is the CPP 500 gear. Only downside is interference with large radiators.
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