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Old 07-19-2002, 06:41 PM
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Post IFS & retain oringinal '40 Ford Steering column

I'm planning to install Hiedt's Superide II in a '40 coupe. I want to retain the original '40 Ford steering column and wheel. Before I start disassembly I would like to have the engineering of the connection from the steering column to the rack & pinion figured out. Any advice and help appreciated! thx, r

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cut sleeve and weld. and if it's not a straight shot check out some vans in the boneyard for universals that they use on thier colums
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When you say "cut sleeve and weld" I assume you mean to shorten the shaft by removing a section and re-welding the spline to the end.

I do not know what that spline looks like yet (shaft size and number of teeth). I would like to find all the parts before taking my cruiser apart. Are there after market universals joints for this connection, etc.? thx, r
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Raw, Try these guys out. They can help you and tell you exactly what you need.

Borgeson Unviversal
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Great idea AWSUM34! I will contact them. thx, r
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I wouldn't recomend any type of welding on the steering shaft itself. It may be fine for a race car that will get frequent examination, but a street car? When is the last time you checked out the u-joints on your daily driver? haha...

Splines and "Double D" connections are the only safe way.
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Awsum34, Borgeson appears to have the answer. Put the '40 up in the air and it looks like it will be clear shot from column end to the new rack & Pinion. Thx for the vector to Borgeson.

SirSpeedy, I understand your concerns and after downloading the Borgeson PDF file, they have the right stuff. I like things simple and very positive especailly when it involves brakes and steering! thx for the input.

Haven't found the answer yet but it is clear the steering linkage will require a support as two u-joints (and a dampner) will be required. Also will need to fabricate a support for the lower end of the steering column as the current steering box plays that role now.

Thx again for your expertise and time to reply. This is a great board! thx again, RAW.
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saw you needed a lower support for your column ... go to my page <a href="http://jniolon.clubfte.com" target="_blank">http://jniolon.clubfte.com</a> and look in left frame for tilt column article... there is a pic of a lower clamp made from a muffler clamp and a bent piece of sheet metal... cheap, easy and works well..

hope that's what you're searching for

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That is a *****in' idea! I will copy to fit my '40. Thx, r

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