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Old 01-29-2013, 08:38 AM   #130 (permalink)
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Rusty - '88 Chevrolet S10 base
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You should see if that junkyard has a master cylinder from the same truck that had the manual steering rack. A lot of First generation S10's had non boosted brakes although they also had a different master cylinder to help compensate for it. I have been driving my S10 around with manual steering and un assisted brakes and for the most part even when hauling a load it has never been a problem. There have been a couple slightly hairy moments when driving on the interstate in rushhour traffic but just as long as you are aware of the limitations and give yourself extra distance it's not a problem.

The steering does take a little getting used to though as it is about one addidtional full rotation of the steering wheel for lock to lock steering so you have to constantly spin the steering wheel a lot more than you are used to. The only real problem with steering is while at a stop or while driving very slow, but once you get up to speed you will never even miss the power steering.
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