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Home-made Improvement for 450 Power Steering

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Hugh McKinney

10-17-2013 10:41:19

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Well, now that most everything on my 450 LP gas tractor works okay, it's time to start improving on the improvements! I have installed new or like-new hydraulics throughout, and yet, the Behlin power steering leaves a lot to be desired, in the form of too much steering effort at low speeds. I am planning on installing an automotive-type power steering pump and driving it off the front of the engine...does anybody know what the requirements are for the Behlin hydraulic motor, and how that would compare to the power steering pumps to be found in an automotive/truck junkyard? Someone has said that they got a complete pump and reservoir unit from an early 1970's Ford F-450 truck, but it was for a Ford tractor, not a Farmall. Thanks to all in advance, Hugh

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10-17-2013 13:30:38

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 Re: Home-made Improvement for 450 Power Steering in reply to Hugh McKinney, 10-17-2013 10:41:19  
For what it's worth, the Behlen power steering on your 450 is basically an add on, as is a Charlynn, and none of those add on power steering set-ups work quite as good as the power steering units on the later tractors that are an integral part of the hydraulic system. The add on units are still a whole bunch better than nothing.

I've got a Behlen unit on a 1950 H equipped with a loader. With the tractor setting still, and the engine idling, it is almost impossible to turn the steering wheel. Once the tractor is moving though, the steering becomes VERY easy.

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caterpillar guy

10-17-2013 11:15:15

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 Re: Home-made Improvement for 450 Power Steering in reply to Hugh McKinney, 10-17-2013 10:41:19  
I would think that any of them would work since they would have as much capacity and more pressure as the pump from IH or Behlin The only question would be in the reservoir size.

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Hugh McKinney

10-17-2013 17:11:25

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 Re: Home-made Improvement for 450 Power Steering in reply to caterpillar guy, 10-17-2013 11:15:15  
Thanks guys, that was what I wanted to know. I"ll keep everybody posted as to how this project progresses. Hugh

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