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Old 01-06-2015, 01:30 PM
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68 J2000 power steering conversion questions

Hey FSJ Pros.. Im pretty new to the FSJs but have been rebuilding CJs and YJs for years... I've read through many many posts on here about doing power steering conversions and S10 steering box swap but haven't found a full write up and parts list for a 68 Gladiator.

Does anyone have a link to a full write up for the power steering conversion that pertains to a 68 J2000, I6, manual steering and 3 speed manual trans?

Also I will be possibly swapping in a chevy 305/350 and TH350 later this year that I have in the garage. Will I be able to use the same power steering box/setup on both? I realize I may need to get different brackets or pump at that time.

I like any of the junk yard options that may keep the prices down or if any members have parts reasonable love them too. Seems like I could do the swap pretty cheaply with used parts.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:27 PM
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I don't have any part numbers for you, but when I converted to power steering on my 68 J2000 it was fairly simple. The hardest part is finding the correct brackets and pump for your engine. The steering box will be a Saginaw unit and is a common GM type box. I think any fullsize GM car, FSJ, or other can be used up through the mid 70s. Others will know better than me. I would start looking at boxes to determine what you want regarding turn ratio, etc. The hose fittings changed at some point in the late 70s I think and that's the main thing to watch out for.

When I did mine I got the pump, brackets, and gear out of a Wagoneer with the same motor. It all bolted right up without any modification needed. There is an adaptor plate that goes between the steering box and frame, but I made mine work without it.
Zack - 68 J2000, AMC 327, 4bbl intake, dual exhaust, Pertronix upgrade, Holley 600cfm, T18, dana 20 (twin sticked), 3" body lift w/ 35x12.50 MTRs ~ running AND driving!
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:41 PM
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I would expect that finding PS brackets for the 232 will be a struggle. You might ask on the AMC car forums and see if the Rambler guys have some advice.

One possibility might be to take the entire front of the engine off of a later AMC 232, 258 or 4.0L. Be aware that, if you just take the PS brackets, things likely won't line up. Many mid-70s CJ5 owners have gone through this, and parts mixing between years will fail.

Realize that the AMC inline 6s changed a lot around 1970 when the bell pattern was changed to be the same as the AMC V8s. This puts the starter on the passenger side. The earlier engine has the starter on the driver's side.

However, I think the front of the engine is pretty much unchanged. In 1973-74, the PS pump moved from the passenger side of the engine to the driver's side. I suspect that the Ramblers, if they had PS, would have this earlier passenger side configuration. Whatever donor you find, I suggest you take everything from the front of the engine. The newer style will also require a conforming intake manifold, with attachment points for the PS brackets on the front corner.
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:36 AM
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If that's an auto trans, let me know if it's TH400. We still haven't found one to prove they exist, but they were in the Jeep catalog.
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