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Re: Power Steering With Radial Tires
Not too shy to talk
Not too shy to talk

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I mostly fixed it.

I ran into somebody at work a few days ago who used to have a 1955 Clipper. I told him about my power steering and he said his was the same way unless he kept the drive belt unbelievably tight. He said the belt would slip on the pulley without making any obvious noise to alert him that it was slipping.

So, I went home and tightened my belt.

90% improvement. You can steer it with one finger while the car is sitting stationary...if you have a strong finger. I wouldn't call it "feather light" steering, but it's a whole lot better. I have some other old cars with Saginaw integral power steering that you can parallel park with nothing more than your pinky, so perhaps I'm a bit spoiled.

In any case...I've never seen a belt slip like that without making some kind of noise.

Posted on: 9/23 2:47
1955 Patrician. Topaz / White Jade.
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Re: Power Steering With Radial Tires
Home away from home
Home away from home

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Yeah especially on asphalt it won't truly be "1 finger" steering when not moving but your system sounds like it's working properly now.

Packard claimed it was an 80% reduction of force and considering that it's pretty darn difficult to turn still tires without PS, I think that level of performance is correct.

Posted on: 9/23 9:14
'55 400. Needs aesthetic parts put back on, and electrical system sorted.
'55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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