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Old 11-26-2006, 07:37 PM
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30's Ford steering column bearing?

Has anyone used one of these retrofit bearings in an older Ford steering column? Good, bad, any comments?
Thanks - Karl.


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Rubber bushing to bearing conversion kits for early Fords

A bearing setup rather than a hard rubber bushing is always better. I'd have to challenge that 25% steering improvement claim though.

There are many components to good steering in early Fords.
Make sure you have your tires inflated correctly and your front end assembly is aligned correctly.
Make sure your steering components are in good shape and lubricated correctly, tie rod ends, kingpins, and steering box.
Make sure your steering box is correctly installed and that there is no interference in the steering column tube caused by misalignment of the box/shaft/tube assembly when installed in the frame(you may need to shim the box at the frame bracket to get good alignment and eliminate binding of the tube/shaft at the dash) and to the dashboard.
Make sure the steering has been adjusted properly by the Ford procedure with the pitman arm or drag link disconnected. Any adjustment made with steering linkage hooked up is a mistake.

That said, the bushing conversion may make a definite feelable difference...... or not.
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:39 PM
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Well, my goal is to take an original column, put a bearing top and bottom, and run a Mustang II rack off of it. This seemed like a means to doing that.
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