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Old 02-09-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Default F100 steering box conversion

Pardon me if this has been chewed on before.
I'm considering having an F100 steering box converted for my A. A source of said steering boxes is the first hurdle. Question: What years of pickup boxes will fit the bill?
Is there a ready source for cost effectively buying these artifacts or is it catch one where you can?
What is the usual value of a found unit?
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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Even though you can find them at Flea Markets, the vendors now know what they are with and price them accordingly. Mel Gross' son sells them rebuilt and ready to install. Do a search for his steering boxes and cast iron drums, Wayne
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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Save yourself a lot of grief. If you want one Go with Randy Gross. End of story.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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Look for a 1954 F100. They show up on E-bay and usually run about 150-200 dollars. That is for the stock steering box and it needs to be converted to your Model A. If you search the internet you can find articles on how to do it but if you want one ready to bolt in you would be best off to contact Mel Gross.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:06 PM   #5
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Can you still hook up wiring bail to f 150box?
Use a model a sterring wheel?
Horn rod ? Adjust timing linkage? Lights ?

Will everything in side the car still look original?

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Old 02-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #6
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yes, yes and yes.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:25 PM   #7
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I got mine from Modelaonly.net about 4 years ago and just love it. In the cab, it looks absolutely stock. Under the hood it looks "almost" stock. The box itself is a tad larger, but all the stock Model A stuff connects up just like the original; horn rod, light switch, throttle & spark linkage, pitman arm, etc.
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You can find Randy/Mel's contact info in the Swap Meet section.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:19 PM   #9
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Hello to all !

I watch the Ford Barn all of the time and can be reached either at melmodela@aol.com or by phone at 714-292-8660.

I will answer every question or concern that you have.

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Old 02-09-2015, 09:45 PM   #10
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I took on e out of a Model A when I converted it to RHD recently. Can't sell it! All of the work for fitting it to a Model A has been done.
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I was told the only one to have is the 56 F100. I have one in my deluxe delivery and the last time I drove it, it was wonderful. Almost like having power steering. Some love 'em, some hate 'em. And yes, the light switch is on mine just like the old 7 tooth. I just gave a friend a couple of them that I had paid $175 for. He's making one up for me for the roadster, I think. If you have a good two tooth, stick with that. I can't tell the difference, now that I have a good two tooth in the coupe.
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I can't tell the difference, now that I have a good two tooth in the coupe.
We often think the cause of our problems are the old design of items not that they are not up to original spec.

Even the F100 box has to be properly restored in order to work.
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Hello to all !

I watch the Ford Barn all of the time and can be reached either at melmodela@aol.com or by phone at 714-292-8660.

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Randy. For everyone's information what does a unit ready to install cost ?
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #14
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Hello Wayne and all others;

I will be glad to provide pricing and any other pertinent info but not on the Ford Barn Forum as this site is for all of us to use for learning and helping others.

Please email me at Melmodela@aol.com or call me at 714-292-8660

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Here's one on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-MODEL-A...item419056327f
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Hello Wayne and all others;

I will be glad to provide pricing and any other pertinent info but not on the Ford Barn Forum as this site is for all of us to use for learning and helping others.

Please email me at Melmodela@aol.com or call me at 714-292-8660

Thank for understanding!

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Randy. Although I do not see the posting of a price to be a violation of business ethics, I will call you.
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