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Steering for STOCK Early Car/PU Front Dual Leaf Axles

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This tip will work on most all 26/38 Ply & Dodge cars and 26/35 Chevy cars plus many others makes including PU Trucks.

These type stock axles and spindles normally use a steering box mounted on the Left Frame rail and use a drag link down that rail that hooks to the Driver side spindle. The original steering arm that bolts to the lower Drivers side spindle usually has an extension of some type that goes forward and circles back around to connect to the drag link rod to the steering box.

We normally replace this type steering with what we call a "Cross Steering Set-Up", thus eliminating any "Bump Steer: problems you might incur with the old set-up. This will mount a Vega, (small, yet strong box), Steering Gearbox on the Drivers Side Frame rail, sometimes just under your late V8 Engine mount. This requires welding a boxing plate (3/16" thick metal) to the rail to box it in for strength. Then our Vega Mount Plate welds to it. We have Instructional Guides for most applications.

Next step is to remove the lower steering arm from the drivers side spindle & drum. You will be required to cut (saw it off approx 3/4" forward of the front mount hole) the forward part of the arm from it that goes to the drag link rod, since it will no longer be used. You will need to also remove the right side steering arm from the spindle. Then, both of these original steering arms tie rod end holes will need filled and redrilled and re-tapered to fit early Ford ends. Any machine shop can do this. We drill the original holes out to 3/4" and make a 3/4" mild steel slug to fit into the steering arms holes, and heli-arc (Tig) weld them in place. Also, at this time, the overall thickness of these end holes are slightly too thick, so we will grind up to 1/8" from them to get them to allow the Ford Ends to fit OK with the cotter key properly through the castle nuts when tight.

You will need a complete new Tie Rod with a Ford End on the Drivers Side and one of those TWO HOLE ends (we used to call this a "Jeep" end) for the Pass Side. It is also a Ford Taper and 11/16" Thread. It has an extra Tie Rod End Mounting hole in it to allow a new Drag Link Rod to be installed to be able to steer that right side. Then, you will need a new Drag Link Rod with new ends to hook up the Vega Box and Pitman arm to the Pass Side Spindle.

The complete Vega Cross Steer kit is available from us, which will include the Vega Box Mounting Plate, Tie Rod with the standard Left side Ford End and Special TWO Hole Right side end, and the new Drag Link Rod with both Ford ends. We also include a general instruction sheet to guide you through the process. I feel this is the BEST steering set-up you can do to these cars.

When you change over to the Vega Cross Steering there will be room to mount a good shock kit, since that old steering hoop will be gone. I use the proven Pete & Jakes Shock mounting kit with their calibrated Hot Rod Shocks. They will work GREAT on most all early MOPAR, CHEV and most other cars & PU Trucks. This steering kit and shock kit, along with a good set of smaller Radial Tires, will do more for the ride and handling of your Hot Rod than most anything else. This, PLUS a "BCS" Spring Tune-Up kit will make an amazing change in your car.

  • This tip will work on most all 26/38 Ply & Dodge cars and 26/35 Chevy cars plus many others makes including PU Trucks. These type stock axles and spindles normally use a steering box mounted on the Left Frame rail and use a drag link down that rail that