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Old 01-01-2020, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default 1937-39 Steering Box

I will be looking for a 37-9 Ford Steering box.
When looking thru the piles at our swap meets how do i tell them apart from other years?

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Default Re: 1937-39 Steering Box

here is a housing on EBAY.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-19...UAAOSw-IheB6x2
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Hey Tim...Here's a good comparison pic. The larger box on the left is a 1939 ('37 & '38 also). The same basic box is used all the way thru '48, except that the lower cap where the light switch is located becomes merely a flat plate in 1940 because '40 went to a modern headlight switch. The smaller box on the right is a '36. DD


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Default Re: 1937-39 Steering Box

If the mast jacket is still on it there should be no place for column shift (40 and later) and should have headlight switch type bottom plate. The lock collar might be in a different place on some years but not sure on where it is on a 37-9 shaft if mast jacket is off.
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If the mast jacket is still on it there should be no place for column shift (40 and later) and should have headlight switch type bottom plate. The lock collar might be in a different place on some years but not sure on where it is on a 37-9 shaft if mast jacket is off.

Deuce....You need one more cup of coffee. With respect, I believe you meant to say that there SHOULD BE a place for column shifter ('40 and later).
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One clue to tell a 37-39 from a 40-48 is the bottom plate. The 37-39 should have the adapter to mount the light switch. If no adapter, look to see if the tube going up inside the steering shaft is brass or steel. Brass is 37-39.
The bottom plates with the brass tubes can be found. You can also change them out with 13/32" brass tubing found at hobby shops.
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One clue to tell a 37-39 from a 40-48 is the bottom plate. The 37-39 should have the adapter to mount the light switch. If no adapter, look to see if the tube going up inside the steering shaft is brass or steel. Brass is 37-39.
The bottom plates with the brass tubes can be found. You can also change them out with 13/32" brass tubing found at hobby shops.
All the tubes I've encountered through '48 were brass.
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Good info, seeing the pictures of the two side by side helps.
On to Turlock.
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V8coopman, wasn't the question how to identify a 37-39 column? My understanding is that a 37 to 39 mast jacket would not have a place for column shift which the 40-48s would have. ( I did only have 1 cup of coffee!) Happy New Year!
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V8coopman, wasn't the question how to identify a 37-39 column? My understanding is that a 37 to 39 mast jacket would not have a place for column shift which the 40-48s would have. ( I did only have 1 cup of coffee!) Happy New Year!
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V8coopman, wasn't the question how to identify a 37-39 column? My understanding is that a 37 to 39 mast jacket would not have a place for column shift which the 40-48s would have. ( I did only have 1 cup of coffee!) Happy New Year!

Deuce....You are absolutely correct with THIS entire statement, and I know that YOU (of all people) understand how all this stuff works, but in your original comment you said......"there should be no place for column shift (40 and later)". DD
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I have many of both kinds of bottom plates. The brass tube ones have thinner wall tubes so the horn rod will go thru. The steel ones used 40–48 will not let the horn rod go thru.
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DD I was trying to describe what the poster would see on a 39 mast jacket and I see I omitted the word "like" when I typed (40 and later). I hope I didn't confuse the poster. Sometimes when I am typing the whole thought doesn't make it from my brain to my fingers!
Next time I will try to wait until after the second cup! Thanks!
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DD I was trying to describe what the poster would see on a 39 mast jacket and I see I omitted the word "like" when I typed (40 and later). I hope I didn't confuse the poster. Sometimes when I am typing the whole thought doesn't make it from my brain to my fingers!
Next time I will try to wait until after the second cup! Thanks!
I knew exactly what you meant in your first post, but then a newbie reading that might have gotten a bit confused, so it was well worth clarification, especially for someone reading this post a few years from now
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DD I was trying to describe what the poster would see on a 39 mast jacket and I see I omitted the word "like" when I typed (40 and later). I hope I didn't confuse the poster. Sometimes when I am typing the whole thought doesn't make it from my brain to my fingers!
Next time I will try to wait until after the second cup! Thanks!

I knew that YOU have it all straight in your head, but like John (JM35) said below, I just wanted to avoid any possible confusion amongst the newbies and others needing the true scoop. Respectfully....DD
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