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1963-4 Champ Power Steering

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The power steering conversion was done using 1963-64 Hawk components. The pictures show how to use the Hawk pitman arm and control valve.
The reach rod from the control valve to the steering pivot at the front had to be shortened and bent slightly to fit properly.

The power steering pump and mounts are stock Studebaker parts.

The pictures show the power ram that is stock Studebaker item.

Mounting the steering ram consists of making a 1/4" steel bracket that mounts under front spring using the four U bolts and nuts.
Make the plate wide enough to extend to the inside of the truck to have enough material to drill a hole.
Use a universal shock mount or the Studebaker factory mount for the steering ram rubber bushed end.

Next use a 3/8" X about 4" steel square plate,
using universal joint U bolts with the flattened round section as a pattern, drill six holes in the plate to accommodate three U bolts in a straight line as these will bolt on to the tie rod.
It is nice to counter bore these so the U bolt nuts are recessed. Next is the hardest part, you have to make a TAPERED hole for the tie rod end part of the steering ram to attach to the plate. See reamer

Once fitted, collapse the steering ram all the way, extend it all the way, find the center and clamp the 3/8" plate on the tie rod so that the power ram is in the center position and install the other end of the power ram.

I used 1964 Hawk steering hoses as they are the longest available. Check the hose routing for all hoses at full lock both ways.
The power hose to the pump can get too close to the exhaust manifold.

Next check the tire clearance from the control valve to tire on full lock left.
My truck had Turner disc brakes, stock wheels, but a 1/4" spacer to clear the brake caliper.

I hope this helps, Chuck Collins

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