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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:48 pm 
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Hi
Glad this forum is back up and running.

Have recently bought a matador for us to use to push steam engine around and to use when we demonstrate our rack saw bench at steam rallies to lift logs on and off the bench.

After shunting around the farm today was wondering did Matadors come with power steering or can it be fitted. It's got the 7.7 engine, and obviously been made into a timber tractor.

Any help much appreciated

David


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:22 pm 
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David, this conversion has been completed on many AEC Matadors, although not on my own.
The hydraulic pump is usually mounted on the end of the Dynamo which has a convenient short drive shaft, although I have seen them driven off the fuel pump jackshaft, which is not a very elegant solution.
The power steering ram is usually a Hydrosteer unit derived from the Ford D series trucks, although many others have been used successfully.
It should be noted that a Matador should not have heavy steering when moving, and if it is tight this is usually caused through poor adjustment or wear in the steering box, combined with wear and indentation in the front axle taper roller swivel bearings (x4).
I hope owners who have completed this conversion will add more details to this post, this is popular topic among many Matador drivers.
Regards, Martyn Callaghan.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:17 pm 
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Hi Martyn

Many thanks will have a look at take off points and see if can find an old d series to get bits off.

David


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