Asked this on the Ford truck group and didn't get much.
I've heard somewhere that you could use a Toyota truck steering gear box to
add p/s to my old Ford with a straight axle. Anybody heard this, or have an
=============================Some of the guys with old Chevies have used boxes from older Toyota
four-wheel-drive trucks. These both share the same style of drag-link
If your Ford truck still has the sort of steering used in Ford cars
through 1948, which I suspect it does, then you may be able to fit the
Toyota FWD box with a minimum of fabrication.
Yeah, I've got a complete '84 F-150 donor truck and we were looking at
swaping bodies, but the '84 is a long bed and I'd have to shorten the frame
as well as fabricate the body mounts. I really didn't want to go to that
I did find this place, though: http://www.jamcosuspension.com They
apparently have what I need...for about $800.
Time to hit the junk yards.
That looks like a complete kit for $800... Were this my project, I'd
give that a *lot* of serious consideration, it is much easier to bolt
up something that is complete and in (new) condition, instead of
playing around with unknown stuff from the junkyard.
Side question: so the box from the 84 won't fit? Why not? (give some
details, possibly someone will know of a box that will work then.
INlcude stuff like which side of the frame the box is mounted on,
length of output shaft, bolt pattern, etc.)
I do restoration and street rod building for a living. I've been doing this
for almost 4 years after working at new car dealerships for over 18 years.
One thing I've learned in 4 years is that there is no such thing as a
"bolt-on" kit, no matter *what* they say on the package<g>.
Box on the '61 is permanently attached to the steering column, mounted on
the inside of the frame, steering shaft extends through a hole in the frame
and the pitman arm swings fore and aft.
Box on the '84 is separate from the column(no biggie, I've got the column
too), mounted on the outside of the frame with the steering shaft extending
downward. Pitman arm swings side to side.
Looking at the pics on that site, it looks like the Toyota 4x4 box, used
with the column outa the '84 will be the ticket. I'm gonna email them and
see if they are willing to sell their special pitman arm(set up for Toyota
on the top and the old Ford ball and socket on the bottom)without buying the
whole kit. Braces and brackets I can fabricate myself.
Now, I will be using bolt-in kits for the engine mounts and trans
crossmember, because these I've used before with good results.
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