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Old 10-13-2020, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default What year did Ford go from a keyed steering shaft to spline shaft for steering wheel

I have a 31 Jalopy that I'm updating the old steering box to a 50-'s F-100. What year did they make the switch to splined shaft? Trying to find a period correct Ford Steering wheel to keep the Jalopy within its era. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Thanks in advance
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Old 10-14-2020, 12:16 AM   #2
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I know the f1's were splined, but not sure what year was the first for splines. I can look it up tomorrow.
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And my 46 pickup has a key.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:50 AM   #4
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1949 for pass cars.Maybe 48 for trucks.
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Old 10-14-2020, 02:44 AM   #5
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The model A had both designs so it is during 1928-31
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:04 AM   #6
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I agree with deucelover 1949 as the Crestliner wheel has both splines and key and 1938 Zephyr wheel just has keyway and taper
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Find the wheel you want and then, if you need to, weld a matching end to the steering box. Machine down about two inches of one end and then bore out the other for a light press fit. drill a few hole in the bore out end for plug welds and weld around the seam.
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:56 AM   #8
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Trucks went spline with the F1 in 1948, cars followed suit with the new body in '49. I have a F100 box in my roadster that I spliced the shaft from a junk '34 box on so I could run a '40's steering wheel.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:07 AM   #9
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What we did. We wanted the original wheel, column, spark and throttle levers . So yes the F1-F100 is spline'd and the original is keyed. After the F1 box was in the column
slid down where it belongs, then with measurements F1 box removed and both shafts
cut. So now with a sleeve welded on the F1 shaft and the model A keyed stub it got all
welded up-but you need the sleeve for open hole thru shaft for horn wire. Also no regrets
cutting the Model A box it was total junk. Just wait till you now drive its like power steering. If you read the history, Henry refused paying royalty's buying Gemmer or
Ross steering boxes so they made their own....by the way this build has a 1935 V8 and
the column spark & throttle levers are just for looks..........sam
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:14 AM   #10
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Model A Ford's went from a splined steering wheel hub to a tapered and keyed hub in January 1930.
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