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Old 11-23-2020, 10:48 PM   #61
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Well, it looks like that's handled. I think it was Nikola Tesla that said, "Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those doing it". (Or something similar).
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:24 PM   #62
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Where there's a will ,there's a way. Your determination paid off. Great job and thanks for posting.
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Old 01-13-2021, 01:28 PM   #63
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I've been working on putting together a side shift steering column. I've made a number of visits to our local salvage yard where they do have a collection of vintage vehicles. So far I harvested the shift linkages from a 1950ish Chev sedan and a steering column and steering wheel from an unidentified 1950ish truck, probably a Studebaker. The shift box and linkage fits on top of the column and thus easy to get off. The steering column is almost identical to the F1 but much longer. I just cut it off with a hack saw. The steering wheel is almost identical to the F1 wheel including the horn parts but needs a lot of work - lots of cracks.
I have some questions.
1. What is the length of a F1 steering column?
2. What is the best way to connect the "pipe" to the stub that comes out of my steering box? The stub is 3/4" and the central column pipe is 15/16" Is welding safe enough or is there a better way to connect?
3. Should I also harvest the steering box left in the truck? Can the shortened pipe be reconnected to the worm gear? The steering box appears to be identical to my F1 box which was dry and has rusted bearings which should be replaced anyway.
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Old 01-13-2021, 04:25 PM   #64
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Just an additional question regarding repairing the cracked steering wheel. What is the best material to use for filling the cracks? You Tube videos show epoxy, Bondo, epoxy putty and JB Weld being used. Any experience with any of these?
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:04 PM   #65
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PC-7 epoxy is the most commonly used material since it is more putty like and easy to work. Some folks use lacquer thinner to smooth it out.

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Old 01-14-2021, 10:26 AM   #66
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I like the F130 3 speed with OD from the 80's trucks. They adapt easy to the flathead by boring the register and welding Tabs on the steel nell housing. Have one in my truck.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:49 PM   #67
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I just wish that some entrepreneur would start manufacturing new hard parts for the Tremec T170 RTS 4-speed TODs. The good ratios are getting harder to find.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:24 PM   #68
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I also used PC-7 epoxy. Actually that whole process was very long-winded and I'd like to not repeat it.....
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Old 01-24-2021, 05:18 PM   #69
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I finally have the side shift column adapted and installed and I thought I'd show some pictures. I mounted the shift box as close to the engine as possible and I think it will clear the cab when I put it back into position. This is my first experience with a side shift other than driving them in my younger days but it turned out to be quite simple to get it to work. With the box mounted and open so I could see inside and both arms in the neutral position and exactly lined up and both transmission levers in the neutral position it was just a matter of bending and cutting the rods to fit between them. The top of the shifter gave me a lot of difficulty since it was rusted solid but I got it to work eventually. It seems to shift as it's supposed to but I guess I won't know for sure until I actually drive it. I patched all the cracks in steering wheel with Gorilla epoxy putty after cleaning them out with a Dremel. I still haven't found a clutch pedal so I made a temporary one which seems to work well enough so I can drive it out of the garage so I will have room to work on the sheet metal, cutting out rust and welding in new metal, which will be the next job. It's keeping me busy and from getting bored with not much else to do and no places to go.
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Old 01-24-2021, 08:31 PM   #70
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Nice work. Thanks for posting this.
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