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1941 stearing box

Hi from ho41, long time!

As you may recall I have a 1941 Chev truck project, I want to keep it as close to orignial as possible. I have placed a 350 four bolt main with a 350 auto trans and a 9 bolt ford axle.
I have placed disk and rotors on stock spindles (again in keeping with the stock look). Now I am being told that I will never keep it on the road that I need to place a mustany or pinto front clip. Thing is this is a first timer and I just don't know what way to go. I really like the hole look of the stock front axle, but want to be safe.

Any one got a real world feel on this? Any one ever set up with the stock front axle, and if so could it be heald on the road under the higher RPM's driving?

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First, when someone makes such verbose comments, you might just remind them of the billions of miles driven on this type front suspension before independent suspensions and R&P steering were common place. Also you might remind them that some outstanding cars/trucks are still being built by rodders with straight axles and conventional steering. Radial tires are the greatest thing since sliced bread when it comes to maintaining the old look and you are not giving up drive-ability by keeping the old straight axle. You will, however, need to use new parts because your old ones will be worn out unless they have been recently replaced. I would start with new king pins and bushings, rod ends etc. Next, I would adapt a later model Saginaw Power Steering box. Look around and you will find one that will use some of the original holes. The key is to find one that has the pitman arm the same length as the one you have now and it is pointed in the same direction when installed. You may have to do some fabrication to get the pitman arm located in the same plane as the old one, but other than that, this is an easy job.

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Trees thank, I was going in the right direction then after all.

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First, when someone makes such verbose comments, you might just remind them of the billions of miles driven on this type front suspension before independent suspensions and R&P steering were common place. Also you might remind them that some outstanding cars/trucks are still being built by rodders with straight axles and conventional steering. Radial tires are the greatest thing since sliced bread when it comes to maintaining the old look and you are not giving up drive-ability by keeping the old straight axle. You will, however, need to use new parts because your old ones will be worn out unless they have been recently replaced. I would start with new king pins and bushings, rod ends etc. Next, I would adapt a later model Saginaw Power Steering box. Look around and you will find one that will use some of the original holes. The key is to find one that has the pitman arm the same length as the one you have now and it is pointed in the same direction when installed. You may have to do some fabrication to get the pitman arm located in the same plane as the old one, but other than that, this is an easy job.

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