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Old 10-31-2020, 07:55 PM   #1
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is there an outside appearance difference between a 35 steering box and a 39 steering box? and also is a 39 steering box the same as a 37
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:39 PM   #2
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35 looks different to 39, and 37-39 are identical
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Old 11-01-2020, 05:37 AM   #3
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Here are 2 links.The first is a 35-36 and the second is a 37-40 so you can see the differences.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Flathe...0AAOSwzrtfkid~


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Mercur...MAAOSwS1xfCIlz
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Old 11-01-2020, 08:31 AM   #4
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thank you the pix help
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If you are replacing the 35-36 with the later box and using the light switch at the base you will have to use the 37-39 bracket and bale.No need to change the switch and its components.The change to the 37 and later gear gets involved also.Several threads on that subject here.
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how do i find those threads
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Old 11-01-2020, 08:48 AM   #7
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Here are some pictures I have in my files showing the differences between '36 (on right) and '37-'48 (on left) Ford steering boxes.....
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Last edited by JM 35 Sedan; 11-01-2020 at 10:53 AM. Reason: *Correction....to 36 box on right, not a 35, and 37-48 on left. Got my left and right mixed up ��
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Old 11-01-2020, 08:57 AM   #8
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i assmume the bigger on is the 37
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Old 11-01-2020, 09:05 AM   #9
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First pic JM 35 sedan posted ,the one on the left is a 37 and later and you can clearly see the difference in the light switch bracket.I did a quick search and here is a link to a thread that will get you started.I have heard that its not necessary to replace the frame bracket but drill a couple new holes on the original 35-36 to fit the later box.I have done the conversion twice and it was well worth it.I did replace the bracket with a Bob Drake repo.Originals due turn up on EBAY.Finding a good 37 and later box might be another challenge as many out there are worn out.
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ng+replacement

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Old 11-01-2020, 09:18 AM   #10
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Here is a 37 and later bracket on EBAY
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1937-to-1940-Ford-steering-box-bracket/164479108963?hash=item264bb80763:g3cAAOSwrDxfnE3g


Here is the 35-36 bracket ,you can see the hole location is different.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1935-1936-F...0AAOSw-xVZ6N-D
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Old 11-01-2020, 09:35 AM   #11
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thank you so much for all your help. it explains everything
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do you use the same pitman arm when converting to the 37 box
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do you use the same pitman arm when converting to the 37 box
I use the 35-36 pitman arm on the 37-48 box for this conversion.
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