Sounds like we are looking for a similar solution for different makes. I have a '57 Chevrolet 3100 Truck with 3 on the tree, solid column+steering box, no turn signal or ignition. I have pulled my box and column and plan to chop the column off and mate a DD universal joint to the box. Then I am using a 60's Chevy van column with tilt and support for my later model transmission (And turn signals and wipers). You can probably do something similar with your Ford.