jeep steering

Upgrading the steering on my 1973 Jeep CJ-5 sounded like a pretty easy job. The Jeep I call Lemon Pie is a junkyard rescue with a 258ci straight-six. You may recall it from a bygone adventure when I fixed it up (barely) and drove it across America in the “CA to PA in a CJ” road trip (read about it in the March, April, and May 2012 issues of 4WOR). The Jeep has manual drum brakes and manual steering, but these early 1970s CJs were available with optional power steering. I assumed this meant I should be able to just walk into the local parts store, tell them I need everything to reduce my manly manual-steering biceps down to puny power-steering twigs, and leave with an afternoon of wrenching ahead of me as I unbolt old stuff and bolt on new stuff. Simple eh? Yeah . . . nope!

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