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Old 07-19-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default 32 Coupe with F-100 steering conversion

I finally finished my conversion to a F-100 steering box. I had an earlier thread but it got into a discusion about brazing. The box went in with no problems at all. All the holes lined up and the flange fit the frame perfectly. It actually fits better than the stock box. I have more header clearance. The column drop had to move in about 1/8" is all. I am delighted with the way it drives. It used to be hard to come back if it started to get to the side of a crowned road. No more. The light switch works and the column lock works. Now on to the 3.25 rear end project. Then the Lincoln brakes and then the 12V conversion.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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Nice work and it looks good!
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:19 PM   #3
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Very nice job, we sell a lot of model A F100 conversions,and a few 32/34 kits.you went the right way with the model A sq. sector shaft. modelaonly.net
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Very nice work Andy.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:32 AM   #5
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Nice work, Andy, a very neat, unobtrusive job that gives a real world benefit to the driving experience.

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Old 07-20-2014, 03:28 AM   #6
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Looks good!
Why did you use a model a steering arm?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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The A arm allowed me to leave the frame unmodified. The stock F100 arm is bulky and would not clear the stock 32 flange bolts. The shaft is also too big in diameter. Cutting the shaft square also reduced it so it will go thru the stock frame hole and the A arm clears the bolts. I wanted to not cut anything on the car. I can put the ginnie box back in and nobody can ever tell it was different.
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Great work. Looks as good or better than the secret method that noone would post pictures of for several years.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the nice comments!! It looks so stock I doubt few will recognize it is not stock.
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Yeah that makes sense!
Good soloution
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:54 AM   #11
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What type of HEADER are you using??
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:17 AM   #12
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The headers are the cheap ones from Speedway. The only problem was the tube by the steering box. I tried a couple of ideas but ended up tight and back and down. With the F100 box, there might be room for a forward and up route. That would better follow the direction of the port.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:27 AM   #13
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What is the length of the pitman arm [ hole center to center] and the number of wheel turns lock to lock?
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:29 PM   #14
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The arm is stock 32 length. 5 1/2"
The box is 18 to 1 but hits the spindle stops both ways. I have 3 3/4 turns. The box will turn 4 1/2. I might try a shorter arm.
The Model A arm was shortened and a bung welded on instead of the ball.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:54 PM   #15
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Hey Andy,
Nice pics and nice job !
I also put an F100 on my A roadster. Best improvement for the $ !
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:50 PM   #16
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Andy,
Is there more or less clearance on the header by the box with the F100 parts?
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:01 PM   #17
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I have more clearance. The shaft is at the same distance in from the frame but the box is smaller on the wheel end. It has the big bearing at the bottom so the top is less bulky. I had to use header bolts before but it looks like I can use std bolts now. They were sure easier to put in.
I put on a new flange so the box is closer to the frame than if I had used the wedge.
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The arm is stock 32 length. 5 1/2"
The box is 18 to 1 but hits the spindle stops both ways. I have 3 3/4 turns. The box will turn 4 1/2. I might try a shorter arm.
The Model A arm was shortened and a bung welded on instead of the ball.

Thanks for the reply.
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Nice! Don't know how I missed this thread when it first came out. Thanks Andy!
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What year is the F100 box?
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