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Adding power steering to 601 ???


 
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Mandomaniac
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know this might sound crazy, but while I was splitting my Ford 601 to replace clutch, I got to thinking about converting to power steering. This has 172 engine. Added 720 front end loader and is primarily used to move and stack round bales. But welded up a quick connect system to use bale spear, bucket, forklift,etc.
Your arms sure get a workout as it is. HAHA
First off....is it even possible?
Second.....is it affordable?
Any thoughts/advise would sure be appreciated.
Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

possible? sure.. power steering was an option for the 00.

you could find a machine with a blown engine or rear that has ps and scabb all the aprts off of it.. or get a conversion system for about a grand new.. or plan the loader and pump setup with an orbital valve and use that loader pump to power both with a priority valve.. etc.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

email me.. i know where a comlete ps setup for an 01 is for sale
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is also a complete set-up in the ads on the "other" Ford site.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did the swap on my 660. The donor was a 661. Works great, but it wasn't cheap. Between buying the used parts, rebuilding the steering gear valve, and replacing the hoses, I have over a $1000 into it. It was worth it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

yup
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:49 am    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I restored a 4000 once that had PS. The pump was shot so rather than buy an OEM pump, I went to the auto salvage yard and got a pump from a car and used that, building the suitable adapter.

The problem with it was that the flow rate was too low for a tractor with 2 pistons and a pto speed at 1600. It took forever for it to turn and after awhile, I just took it off. I couldn't change the pulley ratio to speed it up as it was driven off a double chev and the other slot was where my fan drive was hooked up.

Soooo if you cobble one together, get one with a suitable pump volume.

Mark
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks to soundguy....I bit for the power steering assembly from Brian. It arrived quickly and hope to have it on this weekend.
Hey...since folks here are Ford folks, I posted a question in the Paint section....but can't hurt to ask here......is the Ford Red Majic acrylic paint with hardener from TSC reasonably close to original 601 color?
Figured I would paint this beast since I have it about totally torn down.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Adding power steering to 601 ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

reasonably close? sure... ford red is a werid one.. depends on the orange tone.. etc..
 
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