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Old 01-02-2013, 09:20 PM
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Hi i am new to this site and have a 49 F1 and want to install power steering and have heard the Toyota gear box works well, also want to lower the truck any suggestions and info?? I already own a Toyota 4x4 for the donor gear box and am using the stock F1 frame.. thanks

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Here's a site with information on the steering box switch.

Toyota Steering Box Swap For 1948-1960 Trucks .: Articles

Biggest problem is the pitman arm. There is a kit available here

Mid Fifty F-100 Parts - Search

with everything you need. The Ford site is a good one for info on dropping your axle.
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I have a '50 F47 (Canadian F1) that I hope to start 1 day. I plan on dropping the front axle, and using an Explorer rear with the springs mounted below. You can do the same with the front axle but you might run into clearance problems. I've got the steering box and the rear end, but that's as far as I have gone.
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Thank you for the info!!! Any help is great!!!
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What kind of clearance problems do you think I will run into? Want to go with about a 3 inch drop axle and the Toyota steering with a total disc brake conversion!!
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I meant if you put the leaf springs below the axle on the front you might run into clearance problems. Dropped axle is the way to go. I might try to drop the axle myself, like this SUSPENSION, Dropping axles - THE H.A.M.B. if I work up the courage!
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If you use a Ford Exporer axle you can get it with posi and disc brakes. Gives you a 5 on 4.5 wheel pattern so you can go with the same disc brake kit for the front.
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I heard that too!! Do you know what year explorer axles work for this?? I am guessing the smaller older explorers like 03 and older, not sure the year they went with the bigger body!! Thanks alot for the info!!!
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For disc brakes you'll need a 96 or newer Explorer rear. Bear in mind I haven't put it in yet, but I know there'll be some cutting and welding involved to make it fit. It's not a bolt in. Here's a good article from Ford Truck enthusiasts that's good reading. About 1/2 way down there's info on Explorer rear ends.

1948 through 1960 Ford F-1 and F-100 Rear Axle (differential) Swaps .: Articles
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Thanks for the info!!! Its great reading!!
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