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Adding power steering to 601 ???

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mandomaniac

09-18-2012 10:17:27
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I know this might sound crazy, but while I was splitting my Ford 601 to replace clutch, I got to thinking about converting to power steering. This has 172 engine. Added 720 front end loader and is primarily used to move and stack round bales. But welded up a quick connect system to use bale spear, bucket, forklift,etc. Your arms sure get a workout as it is. HAHA
First off....is it even possible?
Second.....is it affordable?
Any thoughts/advise would sure be appreciated.
Thanks!

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Texasmark1

09-19-2012 06:49:07
67.142.175.21



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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to mandomaniac, 09-18-2012 10:17:27  
I restored a 4000 once that had PS. The pump was shot so rather than buy an OEM pump, I went to the auto salvage yard and got a pump from a car and used that, building the suitable adapter.

The problem with it was that the flow rate was too low for a tractor with 2 pistons and a pto speed at 1600. It took forever for it to turn and after awhile, I just took it off. I couldn't change the pulley ratio to speed it up as it was driven off a double chev and the other slot was where my fan drive was hooked up.

Soooo if you cobble one together, get one with a suitable pump volume.

Mark

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Kurt-NEPA

09-18-2012 12:41:03
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to mandomaniac, 09-18-2012 10:17:27  
I did the swap on my 660. The donor was a 661. Works great, but it wasn't cheap. Between buying the used parts, rebuilding the steering gear valve, and replacing the hoses, I have over a $1000 into it. It was worth it.



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soundguy

09-18-2012 11:01:48
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to mandomaniac, 09-18-2012 10:17:27  
email me.. i know where a comlete ps setup for an 01 is for sale



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Dean

09-18-2012 12:26:01
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to soundguy, 09-18-2012 11:01:48  
There is also a complete set-up in the ads on the "other" Ford site.

Dean



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soundguy

09-18-2012 14:56:15
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to Dean, 09-18-2012 12:26:01  
yup



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soundguy

09-18-2012 10:40:35
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to mandomaniac, 09-18-2012 10:17:27  
possible? sure.. power steering was an option for the 00.

you could find a machine with a blown engine or rear that has ps and scabb all the aprts off of it.. or get a conversion system for about a grand new.. or plan the loader and pump setup with an orbital valve and use that loader pump to power both with a priority valve.. etc.



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mandomaniac

09-28-2012 16:34:00
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to soundguy, 09-18-2012 10:40:35  
Thanks to soundguy....I bit for the power steering assembly from Brian. It arrived quickly and hope to have it on this weekend. Hey...since folks here are Ford folks, I posted a question in the Paint section....but can't hurt to ask here......is the Ford Red Majic acrylic paint with hardener from TSC reasonably close to original 601 color?
Figured I would paint this beast since I have it about totally torn down.

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soundguy

09-28-2012 17:13:39
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 Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? in reply to mandomaniac, 09-28-2012 16:34:00  
reasonably close? sure... ford red is a werid one.. depends on the orange tone.. etc..



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