Thanks for the replies. We do have a new Speedway pitman arm which is supposed to be a forged one, I guess. It has a grainy appearance which looks like cast to me. I figured an original would be safest.
We are using a 59 Ford front end. It has the original steering arm that curves up and around the front of the axle from the bottom of the spindle. I know this isn't the common setup, but I think I can make it look presentable. It can't look any less clean than having the tie rod in front of the axle, which I don't. The steering arm isn't quite in the right position and I figured I will have to heat it and position it to match the pitman arm.
Is it true that the pitman arm and steering arm have to be the same length? I assume there is some leeway with that. I want this pickup to drive nice. I don't want to have problems to straighten out later.