Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Black Forest, CO
I did this years ago, sort of...
I installed a Fleetwood LT1 setup into my '79 Caprice project. It of course had the NV7 pump. I removed the wiring from the engine harness, as there was nothing for it to connect to in the old Caprice. I also installed an Impala SS steering box, since the engine was out of the car, making it a quick exercise. I noticed no difference in the way it steered, vs. how my SS does. So, if you're in need of disabling the variable effort steering, you can simply unplug the pump.
I would be interested in how the NV7 behaves with the quicker steering box. As mentioned above, the system is not dependent on the gearing, or the steering box, its mainly between the column, and the pump.
'94 Impala SS
#14 of all TRI-9 Impalas
Kore3 C5 front brakes
WX3 Performance C5 rear brakes
Hotchkis springs/bars/rear LCAs
CIA Quad 1 Cermachromed headers
Muffler Man stainless X-pipe/Dynomax UltraFlo mufflers
Street Trends Smoked Euro Head Lights
RMCR rear with Trutrack and 3.42 gears
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