I just purchased a 1990 Regal velocity 230. It has a 454mag and bravo1 along with single ram full hydraulic steering. It had sat for over a year, and upon me starting it yesterday, I discovered the filter looks to be original and on the low pressure side, it uses a stock style GM pump with no external resivoir; the pump needed quite a bit of fluid, it must have been run dry, and it is noisy as hell. So I figure a new pump and filter are in oreder, but when I talked to Tom at Latham he said the system should have allways had an external resevoir and I need to add one. The pump along with everything else looks to be 100% original, with no signs of there ever being a resevoir. Along with no resevoir listed on the original latham kit and Regal install instructions that came with the boat paperwork.
Do I have to add one, what is the cheapest way of going about it, and is it a regular car/truck pump I can just pickup at my local autoparts store? Or do I need to just really flush the system and see if it quiets down. There were several near empty bottles of Seastar power steering/trim fluid, everything I've read says its supposed to use Mercron II.