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Old 08-06-2011, 05:57 PM
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Do they make steering box's CW,CCW

I bought a 56 Ford with a chevy caprice front crossmember. They did a nice job, good welds, square.

PROBLEM: The steering is backwards? To go left you have to turn right.
There is no were to relocate the steering box so I can put the pitman arm on 180 degrees the other direction
Do steering boxes all turn the same direction?

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Old 08-07-2011, 03:49 AM
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Had a similar problem

Mine was on a older dodge pickup when I went to use a dodge Ram steering box.
I was told a ford falcon or a or a Toyota Hilux box correct my problem
you maybe able to do the opposite
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I read you can reverse a standard gear box if you take it apart??
I rebuild machinery for a living so it would not be my first Rodeo if I work with Worm set-up
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steering gear box

The internals are different but the suppliers used the same box casting. When I worked at ford the supplier sent in a whole pallet of Mercury steering boxes taged as ford pickup .. EVERYTHING bolted up, it all fit. At the end of the assembly line , first fire up the driver almost went thru the seat cushion build up. there were about 50 backwards steer trucks on the assembly line. Older dodge pickups and plymouth cars used the Same cast gear box but with different internal gearing. if switched ---backwards steer. I have no idea who the MFG of your gear box was but you might find something that will work. same casting, different gearing.
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You didn't mention what type of 56 Ford? I have a 56 Ford truck. The steering box is on the driver's side. The shaft should exit the frame and a pitman is connected. That pitman arm should be straight down in the center position of the steering wheel. (not turned all the way left or right). The draglink connects to that and is suppose to be level. That will connect to the front end. Since they changed the front end, I'd inspect where that draglink is connecting to. I still have the straight axle front end so mine connects to the steering arm and tie rod. I suspect the draglink may be connecting to some steering arm which is backwards? Lots of guys are going with the Toyota 4x4 steering box, because it's easy to hook up power steering. One hose connects from the steering box to the power steering unit. It's pretty difficult to diagnose without seeing pictures of what you got. I don't think the gears in the steering box can be simply reversed. If the pitman arm is in the up position, that would reverse your steering as well, but most cars will run into clearance issues.

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Check with www.borgeson.com Depends on if you have a front steer or rear steer setup..

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this can be corrected

this can be fixed at the steering wheel by using two gears of the same size by connecting one gear to the steering post and another to a idler shaft. in a mutual housing and attached to the steering wheel. We used this in a dirt track stock car that had a front steer rack and pinion to a rear steer front hubs.This way you reverse the cw to cw and it only moved the steering wheel 7 inches or so to the right it worked so well it was copied by others.
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