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Power steer for 1800E?[ALL/1998] posted by Chita on
Sunday, 4 May 1997, at 12:49 p.m.

Somebody MUST have done a power steering assist mod for the 1800 series after all this time. I mean, you can add this to a 1948 Ford truck, surely it's possible with the little Volvo? Has anyone heard of anyone who might be helpful in this? I'm putting a 1970 1800E back on the road and just remembered that even when new, the car was a pain at low speeds because of heavy steering. I used to hyperinflate the tires to help out, but always wanted power steering as an option. Has anyone done it or heard of it?

Re: Power steer for 1800E?[ALL/1998] posted by Charley on
Thursday, 8 May 1997, at 8:18 p.m.

I've never heard of anyone retrofitting power steering on their 1800, s, e or es. I've never felt like it needed it, myself. I would be a bit concerned about losing some of the feel of the road if I did add it. Have you changed from those original skinny tires? I still have the original size (165SR15)tires and they really aren't a pain to turn, even at low speed. I start every day off by doing a U-turn from the curb in front of my house.

Re: Power steer for 1800E?[ALL/1998] posted by Chita on
Friday, 9 May 1997, at 2:29 p.m.

I'm putting on 185-65-15 tires. I haven't driven the car in years, but I remember way back when it was new - - it was annoyingly heavy at slow speeds. I hyperinflated the front tires to something like 45 pounds to handle it. At freeway speeds, it was fine. For parking, it wasn't fine, it was poor. I'm not only 25 years older now, I have since acquired a back injury. I don't expect I'm better able to wrestle the wheel now than I was then.

It's possible this cannot be fixed. Basically, that might retire the car for a second time as a daily driver. It would be suitable only for freeway driving. I have other cars, so if it can't be fixed, well, it's not the end of the world. Just too bad. The "Swedish Ferrari" should not be missing this, frankly. By 1970, it was long overdue, IMHO.


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