I bought an 85 CJ7 about 2 weeks ago. It has manual steering and manual brakes.
My buddy, who's a mechanic, was looking at my Jeep on his lift in his garage tonight. There were two hoses that were not hooked to anything so we followed them back and they went into the steering box. He said "did you know that you have a power steering box"? I certainly did not. There is also what appears to be a power steering bracket hooked to the Chevy 350 motor. The only thing that's missing is a pump.
So is the best way to test it out going to be putting a pump on and seeing if it works? I assume that a PO might have not felt like replacing the leaking or broken power steering box and just opted to disconnect it. Is there another way to test it or should I just hook up a pump and see what I get? Also, what would be a good pump for a chevy 350? I don't know what vehicle the engine came out of so what vehicle should I take one from at the junk yard?
you will have to look at the high pressure hose, and see if its an o ring style, or the older flare style. then look at your brackets mounted on the engine, and go to junkyard and try and match up what you got, I would look at trucks first, some mount to the stock exhaust manifold bolt on the passenger side head, if your runnig headers, you'll have to run a spacer. the pump wil be a saginaw.
If it were me, I wouldn't hook up a new/ used pump until The steering box was flushed/ cleaned inside. Who knows how long the lines were unhooked, water, dirt, and whatever could be in it. Ruining a new pump.
1957 WILLYS pickup,
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac.
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ.
I would get a pump from a truck with a 350 in it. An 80s Bronco may fit (I have no clue) but I would look for a Chevy truck from the 80s or a full size Blazer, most will have a 350 in them.
Take some pics of your current hoses and bracket and head to the junkyard. You should be able to find a pump that will fit, hoses may be a bit more tricky, but if you pull the pump grab the hoses too- that way worste case you can bring the fittings from the Jeep box and Chevy pump to a hydraulic hose place and they can make you up a set for about the same price as buying new from Autozone.
*Edit* I have the same issue with my CJ7, I bought it from some kid who knew nothing about it (and sold it to me for $600!), but I have no idea what the 350 is out of or what has been done to it. It sounds like it has had some work (mild cam, nothing too crazy) and has an Edelbrock intake and Holley 650 carb. I have not been able to read the numbers off the block yet...
1994 Jeep YJ off road toy
1981 CJ7 SBC 350
2005 KJ Libertyt 4x4 CRD w/ 2.5" Frankenlift DD