OK, I'm running into a bit of a conundrum with my '55 Gasser steering set up, the situation is this:
- shackles are in the front (stock '57 chevy truck axle/ shackles)
- I want power steering (I intend to use a hydroboost unit for the brakes, and will need a PS pump anyway)
- I want a reasonably quick steering ratio (under 4 turns lock to lock)
The (speedway) steering arms I have are currently set up for a rear steer, but with a rear steer everything I'm finding in my local junkyards is for a front steer vehicle, and to reverse the pitman arm, regardless if it's back to front, or front to back, won't fit my car. It puts the gearbox way down and low in the back and will make connecting to my steering wheel column extremely difficult. I've tried 2 boxes and this is the result. I'd also like to avoid spending 5-800$ for a "new" box. With this in mind it seems I have 2 options:
option 1- find a suitable used power steering box that meets the above criteria that would mount in front of my axle but work for a rear steer vehicle. so the pitman arm would point towards the back of the box. This would mean buying a third box for this car, as the first two I'm not able to make work. Probably my preferred option, and less work than option 2.
option 2- revise the steering to front steer. If I do this I can use the gearbox I have (Saginaw from 90's jeep), but then I will likely eliminate any ackerman angle I have now, and it puts the steering on the same side as the shackles. I have read mixed opinions on doing this, so I'm not sure.
Am I missing something? Input appreciated.