Canadian mlvw power steering on m35a2

Sumner

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Been a member for quite a few years, have a m35a2, and recently acquired a second one that I decided to bob. I’m in northern Alberta, Canada, and you just don’t see many of these up here.

I came across a fellow that was cutting up a few mlvw’s, and was able to snag a power steering setup off one.

The box is a ross box, and mounts outside the frame rail with a mounting plate and reinforcement plate inside.

So far I’ve removed my manual steering, and will be installing the power box over the next few evenings.

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Sumner

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Got the box up and test fitted. Looks like it will work ok. I have about 1” between the steering arm and the tire at full lock. Mind you, I have recentered hemmt wheels, so I believe the offset sets the wheel further out than some others, so this may not fit with 395’s and other wheels.

Can’t see it in the pics, but I 6BDE8274-7C78-45F0-A141-F751E813E539.jpeg8FEF1BFE-266B-4DC1-8573-BEABCC5B94F1.jpeg264F52B5-07D1-4BF8-94A5-F4ECDF8993F5.jpeg04BDAD4D-C745-4262-8A33-184C1378AB85.jpegused a chunk of frame from the bob job as the reinforcement plate on the inside of the frame rail.
 

Sumner

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Now my next dilemma. Should I use the belt driven power steering pump off the mlvw, and have it share the air compressor belt, or go with the lds 5 ton pump.

I’m kinda leery having the single belt run the air compressor and power steering, might be more than the belt can handle. Anyone do this and have it work?

As for the 5 ton pump, I have one that I bought years ago and its just been sitting on the shelf. I’m leaning towards using it, just for simplicity sake, and not having to fab mounting brackets for the belt pump.7D78C7FD-3F79-4B0D-9874-4899CE7BB268.jpegA7E87E02-783F-4AA7-BC21-AF5CC6E08F00.jpeg4A289853-C6C8-458C-9629-CF06127674A6.jpeg
 

oboyjohn

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I have posted here on the site a ton of pictures on how the power steering box was mounted on the frame including picture of the re-enforcement bracket. If my memory is correct, there is also a plate on the inside of the frame rail.
 

Sumner

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Here’s a few more pics of the install.

The mlvw wheel almost has a luxurious feel to it compared the the original deuce wheel
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I fabbed up a mount bracket for the reservoir so it mounts off the engine. I was originally going to put it on the firewall, but I wanted to keep it clear for the power brake install. Works nicely, and is easy to access.
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Overall, it was a pretty straight forward project. Took it for a test drive, and out cruising through a foot of snow, you can steer with one finger. I may have to flip the shims on the front axle at some point, as the steering is almost too light now. Travelling down the road it seemed handle well, and wasn’t too darty, so not sure if it’s completely necessary though?

Overall, it’s about the single best thing I think you could do to a deuce. Now I’m gonna have to try to track down the parts to do it to my other truck.
 

Sumner

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Yep, what a difference. I jumped in the truck, and had to make a tight left turn, and found myself hauling on the wheel just out of habit, and had to stop myself.

Next on the list, hydroboost and dual circuit brakes. And thinking about a hydraulic clutch assembly, just so I can convert both pedals to hanging pedals. I’m going to have to do some research on that
 

m1010plowboy

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Is that the deuce you bobbed in a day or are you working on something else already? Seano11 snuck some pictures out but let's see that beast now. I didn't even ask if I should post the pics he sent to me and you're closest to him so if you don't want these shared......get him. I wanted to get up there today but we'll wait for some warmth and I can check out the campground......see water flow in a river lol.

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The museum boys are saving some MLVW's at the dome so you fellas should come down with your trucks for a photo shoot.

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