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Old 10-29-2007
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I either need to move my power steering pump or revert to manual steering on my '94 4.0 to get turbo clearance. Anyone have an easy move scheme? I saw something where someone moved theirs to the passenger side - but can't find it now - and it would be nice to avoid reinventing the wheel.

Otherwise, I could just disconnect it, but I don't know if this is the type of Ford steering box that reverts to manual steering effort or becomes totally undrivable without the PS pressure. I would just remove the belt and find out but it's not running just now. It will be running stock-sized tires in the front.

Thanks for any input,
David
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for manual steering you would have to get one of the older manual steering boxes. Why not just position the turbo a little different to get the clearance you need? I mean you're gonna have to custom build the turbo plumbing anyway.
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The preasure line went on my 94 4.0 a few weeks ago and it wasn't fun. You can drive it but unless you want one heck of a work out when you do drive it I'd try and figure something with your power steering because even the old manual boxes with the 4 bangers it is stiff and I couldn't emagine what it would be like with a 4.0 over the wheels.
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Not sure how yours would be but I have a 68 F250 2wd(360 V8) with factory manual steering and while on the road its fine but trying to manover in the driveway and other slow places requiring tight turns is a major PITA. I am converting it to power steering as soon as I can. i would double think the manual steering idea.
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Thanks for the input. I will try to retain it if possible, but it was a thought, as I have found my other two manual steering cars to be quite reasonable especially if the caster is set near zero. I guess I'll think-out a pump bracket plan.

I was installing a single large turbo on the passenger side (with all the room after airbox removal), but I really wanted to use one of the smaller twin turbo sets I have. Once I move the battery, the issue with the left (driver's) side is mostly the main fuse box and harness, and the engine damper shock and bracket. That leaves only straight ahead where the PS pump is. I could build a longer angled manifold, but there is little room for bracing, and the shaking 13 pound turbo would crack it quickly or break studs. I could brace to the frame rail but then I'd have to use solid motor mounts.

Anyway, if I can't get a right side PS bracket solution up easily, I'll just revert to the single turbo and call it good. The plumbing would be easier anyway.

Thanks again,
David
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my 89 was manual steering. its not bad at all with the proper manual steering box in place.
and i was runnin 245/45/17 tires up front.
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