Back in the 1960s, power steering was a luxury but today it’s a standard feature we’ve come to expect. So what do you do when your 1962-67 Nova is lacking in the steering department? You do a power steering conversion of course.
In the video above, Jason Scudellari describes all the parts you’ll need to convert to true power steering. Then he walks through the entire power steering conversion on a 1963 Nova from start to finish.
Nova Power Steering Conversion: The Real Deal
From the factory, a lot of these cars came with power-assisted steering. This was essentially a hydraulic ram and lines bolted to an otherwise manual steering box and linkage which was only marginally better than plain old manual steering (in fact, it introduced even more play in the steering compared to the manual linkage).
For this conversion, we are getting rid of all that. In its place is going all-new steering linkage, a power steering pump with brackets and hoses, and a quick-ratio 400 Series™ power steering box. This will get rid of all the slop from the worn out factory parts and give us true power steering with a more modern steering feel.
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Products Used In This Install:
- ’63-’67 Nova Steering Linkage Kit (6367SLK-CP)
- ’62-’67 Nova 400 Series Power Steering Conversion Kit (6267PSK-SB)
- ’62-’66 Nova Column Install Kit (6266SCI)
What’s So Good About the CPP 400 Series™ Steering Box?
The compact 400 Series™ power steering box utilizes late model steering technology for your classic. These are a direct replacement for the original manual steering box with a compact design is closely modeled after the original manual steering box. It is designed to align perfectly with the original steering column or an aftermarket column.
With its 13.6:1 ratio (2.75 turns lock to lock) it has the performance handling of many rack and pinion conversions without the need for extensive modifications. It has a ¾”-30 input shaft and uses inverted flare hoses (11/16″-18 pressure fitting & 5/8″-18 return fitting). The 400 Series™ box is the perfect solution for your bolt-on performance power steering needs.