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Power steering conversion for wd-45

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Brad Rising

04-01-2002 12:52:47

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Looking for parts and ideas to convert standard steering on a wd-45 to power steering. I've got a 1955 Chevrolet combination steering pump and generator, that I would like to use in place of the stock WD45 generator, I guess what I really need is the in-line steering shaft torque generator. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Brad

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James (MO)

04-01-2002 20:35:20

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 Re: power steering conversion for wd-45 in reply to Brad Rising, 04-01-2002 12:52:47  
I just converted my WD to 12 volts using a Delco alternator ($15 from salvage yard) I got tired of fooling with 6 volt generators. As for the power steering, I have heard of fellas using torque units from combines and automotive power steering pumps. I'm gonna try it myself soon. Guess the biggest problem is finding one small enough diameter to fit on the steering shaft. Let us know how your installation works out.

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Rod (NH)

04-01-2002 15:41:48

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 Re: power steering conversion for wd-45 in reply to Brad Rising, 04-01-2002 12:52:47  
Hi Brad,

Here's a site that has the CharLynn torque generator. They used to have a photo of an installation on an AC WD45 but I don't see it there anymore.

The torque generator is also available at Surplus Center, Item No. 9-1848 for the 700 in-lb unit. They are at 800-488-3407.

I got one from Surplus Center last summer and installed it on my Oliver 77. It works great...I wish I had done it years ago.

You will have to fabricate a mounting plate to support the unit somewhere in the steering shafting before the gearbox. You can get detailed dimensional info on the unit at the Eaton Corp. web site.


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