Has anyone removed the power steering pump and just used tubing to connect the two lines on top of the steering box? I was thinking of cutting the lines and leaving about 2 inches of steel tubing to connect them.
What Danno said. You ever have a PS hose blow out and try to drive the car? I have. What a beehotch! I converted the car in question over to a manual steering box. Much better than PS with no pressure.
I've heard stories of people connecting the 2 lines and creating hydro lock in the steering box that can make it impossible to turn the wheel. Even if that doesn't happen, turning a PS box without a pump is MUCH harder than turning a manual box. My advice would be to replace the PS box with a manual box.