In order for power steering to operate you need a power steering rack & pinion and none were made for the Opel GT or Kadette. I don't know if they were available in europe after-market but I have never seen one.can you put a power steering pump on a 1971 Opel GT
No, they were not. Every once in a while a DIY conversion can be looked at at a meeting, but I doubt that you'll find more than a handful conversions on the Opel planet.In order for power steering to operate you need a power steering rack & pinion and none were made for the Opel GT or Kadette. I don't know if they were available in europe after-market but I have never seen one.
OH i see now ok i think i see what you r talking about sorry about the troubleModerator Note: Thread moved to "3B - Steering: Linkage, Column and Gear Box"
You're not having much luck with posting in the correct place! The GT Forum is reserved for questions specifically related to the model (same for Kadett/Manta/Ascona Forums) that wouldn't be better asked in the Technical Forums. Simply, if every question relating to a GT was asked in the GT Forum, members would never find anything. Most threads belong in the appropriate Technical Forum, NOT the GT Forum.
And, a search is ALWAYS better than starting a new thread. This question has come up at least a couple of times, and IIRC, at least one members HAS installed a power steering setup in a GT. Try a search, or look through the relevant Forum (which is why we are concerned about threads being in the correct Forum).
As a favour, here is a very good thread on the subject.
I think that there is at least a couple of other threads if you go looking.
If you can get your hands on one, a Manta Ralley steering wheel is larger than the GT wheel and will bolt right on, it has the same spline and you can also make the horn work by hooking the wire to the Manta wheel. It make a nice conversion if you can find one in good condition.Back in the day, our answer to easier turning on a manual box was to fit a larger steering wheel. Are any available for the GT? Rich
This is news to me...but good news! Do you know what years had this? I've tinkered with some Chevettes in the past but they were all manual racks. I've been trying to find a suitable-width power rack and pinion for my father's GT for some time now, and was narrowing it down to either E30 series BMW or first gen. Miata. But a Chevette should be damn near perfect in terms of inner tie rod width (to avoid bump steer issues).Howdy All!
Power steering in a GT is an easy task which should take you about 1/2 day to do. The trick is finding the components and having a bracket made for the pump. Otherwise all fits in like a glove.
You first find a rack unit from an early chevette which I have seen al over Ebay for $80. Try to also purchase the hoses from the chevette unit since you will need them and they are very cheap.
JB, that is great information! Can you please specify the year/model of Chevette, I might be interested to do this conversion on my Manta.You first find a rack unit from an early chevette which I have seen al over Ebay for $80. Try to also purchase the hoses from the chevette unit since you will need them and they are very cheap.