Anyone try these OER NP6157 "Federal clone" pumps yet?

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I ask because I might need to service my venerable '59 DeSoto 5 1/8" TRW power steering pump, and if so, I need a good replacement immediately to keep Gertrude on the street. The new OER pump appears to be a reasonably priced, faithful copy of the original article,

NP6157 - 1963-76 Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge; Power Steering Pump; Federal Style; with Reservoir

vastly preferable to a cheap "reman" from CarDon't which I could try from Retard Autoparts, despite their putative warranty. I LIKE the big old TRW pump and the self adjusting bracket and always will run one, if I can keep one running. Hopefully, a little adjustment and a better bracket which I rehabilitated will do to keep what we've run for nearly 2 yrs, running for many more. BUT, if I have to break that bump down, I want a viable substitute handy.

Thus, the Title Question of this thread.

Thanks in advance to the Moparian Wise Elders here.
 

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I bought one of those and have had no problems with it. If I am recalling correctly, it is made by BBB industries and they typically make quality reproductions. I also have one of BBB Industries' mini starters for some of my big blocks and they are the only ones that I have learned to trust. On their box they indicate they copy faithfully the Nippendenso starters that were sold by the OEM manufacturers with no short cuts in quality anywhere in the starter in order to ensure long life. After having many mini starters supposedly like the original Nippendenso ones fail when they are "rebuilt ones" from China, I now only buy them from BBB industries and have had no failures. They have won my confidence in them. The also make an aftermarket steering gear for our cars that don't look exactly the same due to using their own housing; I did install one also in one of my cars to see if they had better steering feel/feedback on center than the original ones - and they do have better feel driving down the road in a straight line by providing some feedback, unlike the original ones. They are also much less expensive than a rebuilt one from Firm Feel or Steer & Gear.
 

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I bought one of those and have had no problems with it. If I am recalling correctly, it is made by BBB industries and they typically make quality reproductions. I also have one of BBB Industries' mini starters for some of my big blocks and they are the only ones that I have learned to trust. On their box they indicate they copy faithfully the Nippendenso starters that were sold by the OEM manufacturers with no short cuts in quality anywhere in the starter in order to ensure long life. After having many mini starters supposedly like the original Nippendenso ones fail when they are "rebuilt ones" from China, I now only buy them from BBB industries and have had no failures. They have won my confidence in them. The also make an aftermarket steering gear for our cars that don't look exactly the same due to using their own housing; I did install one also in one of my cars to see if they had better steering feel/feedback on center than the original ones - and they do have better feel driving down the road in a straight line by providing some feedback, unlike the original ones. They are also much less expensive than a rebuilt one from Firm Feel or Steer & Gear.

XLNT! I too happily use a BBB steering gear, or did until Mathilda got her front end busted up so bad last year. I plan to take that gear off Tilly and install it to Gertrude this coming winter, as it doesn't leak at ALL.

Thank you for this information! I may even go ahead and buy the new pump soon so I can remedy this venerable, but excellent big De soto pump if anything beyond belt alignment and tension afflict it. Thus far, after 2 years of steady use, the old pump doesn't leak at all, though the steering gear it's on does.

I'll show your Good Words to the Babushka, as SHE fetches the paycheck these daze.....
 
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