Hey guys. Ok so I apologize for yet another similar question but I'm trying to decide and conquer my steering woes.So has anyone completed a a rebuild of the steering system on a 1962 impala with power assist steering.i would like to get rid of the valve and cylinder and simplify the steering.i would really like to hear from someone who actually did it.No I don't want to source junk yards for parts I would just like to know if there is actually a bolt on kit available that actually works with no change of geometry ,no clearance issues,no problems with alignment.etc etc.from what a read the CPP 500 and the Eccklers kits are nightmares.And if you succeded please list the part numbers and source. Thanks
There is no cheap solution. Now you know why the former owner sold the car.
Your options are:
1.) a 1965 and up steering gear box (this is what the Borgeson 500 is; a remaned Saginaw gear box, which is included in the CPP kit), and change your front end over to use unequal length tubular A-arms to match it. This would be a great time to lower the car and upgrade the brakes while everything is off the car. But your strut and trailing link front end was designed for an extremely soft ride (with a twisty frame and a body mounted in rubber), so it will never handle well without changing everything over to meet modern car handling standards.
2.) Replacing all of your worn out parts with brand new Corvette reproduction parts (the Corvette and the Impala shared the same parts and the Corvette retained the hydraulic ram power assist through 1983).
3.) Replace the whole front half of your car's frame with a rectangular steel frame rail spanned by a Mustang II cross-member mounting Mustang II rack and pinion steering Unequal length A-arms and Big Ford Disc brakes.
4.) buying a new frame for your car that eliminates your X-frame with a ladder style perimeter frame found under modern cars built by a chassis shop from Chris Alston, Fatman Fabricators, Strange Engineering or S&W.
Now none of these except for the Corvette parts will win you any points at a car show and will probably destroy the resale value (though some one who is going to install air bags would love it).
No solution is going to be cheap.