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Old 07-26-2012, 01:15 PM
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Has anyone modified the steering of a 1932 Chevrolet Deluxe 2 Passenger coupe. It is street rodded with a 283, but has the original steering set up. Can I get away with the original set up if the original steering box is OK or rebuilt? Thanks in advance for any help.

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A 1932 Chevrolet in many ways is similar to a 1932 Ford

Most rodder 32 Fords have a newer, better steering box. They tend to steer easier, have less play and are more responsive than the 1930's technology steering boxes.

I have been a 1932 Ford guy for most of my life. I have a Vega steering box in my 32 Ford roadster and a UNI-STEER rack in my 1932 Ford 3W coupe.



I would upgrade to a newer box if it were me. Here is a Vega box in a early Chevrolet.



Here is a Vega in a early Ford.



You can fabricate a bracket or simply buy one already made.



Or you could go with a rack like UNI-STEER ...

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1932 Crevrolet

Thanks for all of the information you really went above and beyond. I have a 32 Ford Coupe also and the difference is that the 32 chev has parallel leaf springs that get in the way of a half rack. The Pitman and trailing arm on the chev are outside of the frame while the Ford is all inside the frame. Do you think this problem could be overcome without changing the suspension totally? Thanks again your cars look great and your pictures are very helpful. Marty
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This photo shows a Vega box on a Chevrolet with twin leafs springs

A UNI-STEER bolts up exactly like a Vega.
The rod going from side to side ... should be similar to a drag link.

I believe it would work ... maybe take a little modification.

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Here is a '32 Chevy coupe with a modified Hudson steering gear box. It does just great. Also uses a smaller diameter steering wheel too.
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Not ignorant... Just curious...!

WHAT IF IVE GOT A RACK/PINION LYING AROUND... BUILDING A 31 COUPE W A 4" DROP... CAN I USE IT?
SECOND QUESTION, CAN I/SHOULD I MOUNT IT TO THE FRAME, OR TO THE AXLE? THNX D/B
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I have a '31 coupe and two '32 Confederate's. After I tore into the '31 steering gear box I realized that they were good for their era but certainly not for anything more than they did when new. I replaced all three and boxed the inner rail and mounted the box on the inside (I have inline sixes) and fabricated other attachments but I did use Borgeson universals and frame to column supports and have had no problems to date. I certainly would be careful with the Heim type bearings. They are very good but then take a look at the torque produced when the front wheels cross bumps or rough roads. Larger tires and wheels really increase the strain on the steering components.
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There is another concept for steering that is used frequently. Speedway sells a fire wall mount low level steering gearbox. The conection is by stout link double row chain. The lower outlet allow the build to attach the shafte and run it literally parallel to the frame (side or top) and then connect to the steering gearbox. Flaming River has components for this idea. I see it used ion competition speed bots a lot. Clean simple no crazy angle and good solid mounting areas. If you get a change look in a Speed way catalogue under their steering components section. It works good.
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