1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Power Steering Added To AC Tractor"It gives me fingertip control and I didn't have to alter the tractor in any way," says G.L. Woods, Pelzer, S.C., who added an automotive power steering pump and gear box to his Allis Chalmers D-17 tractor.
"I took the power steering from a 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado. The alternator on the tractor was driven by a double V pulley so I used one of the V's to drive the steering pump, which I mounted on a side bracket that bolts to the frame of the tractor. I installed the gear box inside a metal box alongside the pump. I simply hooked the tractor tie rods to the gearbox output shaft and ran the steering shaft to the input side of the gearbox. If the power steering pump ever failed, I could quickly reconnect the original steering shaft and steer manually again.
"Power steering makes the tractor much easier to control and absorbs shocks to the wheels, reducing operator fatigue."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, G.L. Woods, 118 Chapman Rd., Pelzer, S.C. 29669.
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