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    1970 with Twin Chrysler 318's Power Steering question

    Hello everyone:
    Just got in here and was hoping to connect with an awesome store of knowledge and wisdom about old houseboats. Mine is a 1970 Burns Craft 44' Glass hull with twin Chrysler 318's and the Dana 60 (Chrysler Drive 90) outdrives. I have just rebuilt both outdrives with new bearings and seals. We have one cracked engine awaiting replacement, and the other is getting close to starting. Problem is...they had just set both engines in and never hooked them up. is my first question:

    I see both engines had water pumps (that I will overhaul) and they both had power steering pumps. No lines that I can find go to these pumps, and I don't see a place for additional lines hooking up to the two hoses coming from the helm (and the flying bridge).
    Is there something else missing...or do these PS pumps do something else?
    Thanks for your assistance as we try to resurrect this beautiful old boat.
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    You have a nice project ahead of you.
    Welcome aboard.

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    I have had Mercruiser engines and Bravo II outdrives in the houseboats I have owned. The way they worked was that while both engines had power steering pumps, only the starboard pump was plumbed to the power assist module on the hydraulic steering. This was connected to the starboard outdrive and there was a tie bar between the outdrives. The tie bar was a one inch tubular steel pipe that turned the outdrives in unison. It had heim joints on each end to allow adjustment of the outdrive toe in/out.

    It sounds as if you are missing some steering components.

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    Look for the manual for your houseboat, it may contain the information you need, and it will also be easier for you to figure out what equipment is missing. I googled a bit and found one for $ 55, but you might find it free. At the site you will find payday loans if you do not have enough money for this instruction right now
    Last edited by lizzie; 04-30-2021 at 09:08 AM.

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