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Old 02-22-2013, 02:06 PM
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Looking for power steering info

Hi everyone I am new to this so bare with me. I have just purchased a 51 for F1 and wanting to convert to power steering. I have read a lot of articles but I am looking for individuals whom may have done this and hope to get some help and pointers on this conversion. I read that the toyota power steering gear is the way to go. Need comments please.

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I haven't actually done it yet but have done a lot of research and have most of the parts to do it. This site http://www.ford-trucks.com/article/i...60_Trucks.html from Ford Truck Enthusiasts gives you most of the information you need.

I attached a copy of the drawings for the plate that needs to be built to mount the box. The other thing you'll have to get is a pitman arm that fits the Toyota box and the F1 linkage.
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What are your plans with the f-1 box your taking off.
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What are your plans with the f-1 box your taking off.
I assume you're talking to Harley1953? It'll be a long while before I get to my '50 F47. Still working on another project. Box on mine is really sloppy but I understand they're rebuildable. I would say ******.

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I've done several conversions using a Toyota box. There are several companies making a steering box bracket to fit this. One works about as well as the others. You will also need a custom Pitman arm, also available from several sources.

If you want to use the stock column, and shifter, it can be done. You have to use a coupler from the stock steering shaft to the Toyota box. It is 3/4" round to 11/16 by 36 spline. Flaming River makes it. I weld the coupler to the steering shaft, and turn the outside of the coupler on a lathe so it's smooth. I then make a Delrin bushing that will fit over the coupler, and inside the steering mast jacket.The shift tube has to be shortened to get the shift selector mechaism as close to the firewall as possible, without interfering. The shift rods have to be tweaked to line everything up, but it works fine. The column has to be assembled in the truck to allow you to secure the coupler to the steering box, before you install the mast jacket. Make sure the Delrin bushing is high enough in the jacket to not catch on the setscrew that holds the coupler to the box.

For the Horn, I use a contact in the side of the column that is made for a big Chevy truck from the mid 50s. I glue a piece of PVC pipe in the steering shaft lined up with the contact, and a piece of copper tubing with the horn wire soldered to it over the PVC pipe to make contact.

If you have a stock six cylinder, let me know,and I'll tell you how to mount the power steering pump.
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