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Old 06-16-2008, 07:11 AM
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Opinions on 40 Ford steering boxes?

I put this in the "hotrod basics" as I just need to know how well these boxes work when in good condition. I would be using it in a 32 if they operate smoothly. I did find a clean rustfree donor that is missing the bottom bearing cover so I can't test it; but I do have another donor for that as soon as I can find the correct new lower bearing. Anybody know if they work nice??

I prefer to cross steer rather than side steer, and I want to stay away from modern looking boxes.

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I never had one in a 32 ... ( I used the 56 F-100 steering box a couple times ) ... but the one in my 40 Ford coupe drove pretty decent. I drove the 40 for years and never once considered a upgrade for the steering. 40 Fords are a WAY better built car than a 32 ... engineering wise. Even in today's traffic ... a 40 Ford can be used as a daily driver ... stock where a 32 ... ( stock ) leaves a lot to be desired in steering and stopping.

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Both 40 Fords I owned drove very well with the stock boxes. One had an orignal flathead and the other a 324 Olds. One had the original 40 steering wheel and the other a smaller Merc wheel. I don't remember either of them requiring a great deal of strength to turn.

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I'm not one to talk by any means but here goes. In my research for this '47 I'm rodding, several places said the identical same thing. What they said is the manual steering boxes are usable, but transfer the road to the steering wheel. Meaning the ride is rougher and is not nearly as pleasant as power steering. I am using a Mustang II IFS, but there are tons of choices. I am after a nice ride and not so much the lumber truck experience.
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