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1931 pontiac steering Upgrade???

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Ok we are at the point that we have to figure out the steering before we go any further on the 31 build. But what should we do?

For those that don't know, my dad gave me a used 350 crate engine and turbo 350 transmission and said find a car to put it in. So I found a 1931 Pontiac 4 door custom sedan at my wife request. It's in great shape but the interior is all but gone except the front seat. So we are not doing a factory original restoration but more a resto mod. We want this driving good for road trips but will keep the body as stock as possible. We are even keeping the front i-beam axle and adding disc brakes all around. We have new leaf springs a chevy limited slip 10 bolt rear end the 350 and transmission somewhat installed... Not finalizing until we figure out the steering.

Power steering can be difficult on this model. So these are the options we are considering. 


A. Stock steering box clean it up reuse it and add electric power steering under the dash.

B. Newer steering box like a corvair unit?

C. Electric rack n pinion unit from something like a chevy Cruze or Malibu?

D. Other???




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Hay Dan my first though was to show us some pictures of what your dealing with, second thought was lose the beam axle and buy a whole front end that will work size wise, then you get, good geometry, good brakes, good steering and no stress finding parts .

and a car that will be enjoyable to drive, you stick a 350 into a 1931 ponti its going to be awful to steer with  a stock front end :cheers:

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In addition to Corvair steering boxes, a lot of hot rodders like to use Vega steering boxes. They had both power steering and non-power steering. My '71 Vega didn't have power steering.

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1 hour ago, cowboydanny said:

So thanks but we are sticking with this i-beam. This is not a ford so IFS does not work, the fenders are so different that you have to cut a giant hole in them to make ifs work. And there is no way we are cutting up these tins.

AH yes very good point !! i wouldn't cut the fenders either! 

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