OT - non-Ford steering column - what is it?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 12:46 pm:

I recently picked up this steering column with a bunch of T parts, but I do not know what it's for... so I'm hoping some of that vast knowledge of nearly everything vintage on this forum can help me out. :-)

The steering box would be great for a speedster, but I'm thinking it's probably too new to be in the period of what I want to build. The ignition switch on the column I'm guessing puts this quite a few years later than the T era.








Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed in California on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 12:53 pm:

it is in the early 1920s, probably early Buick, Nash or similar car


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:09 pm:

If it helps narrow it down at all, there is no stop in it... worm-drive that can spin forever.

If it's early-20's, that will be perfect for a speedster with cowl steering done similar to the Franklin box in my Midget. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 06:21 pm:

I did find some markings.

Cast into the gearbox is 552035 and a symbol that looks vaguely like a "W" followed by 12-1. Stamped into the bracket pieces are FB244 and FB245

The gear reduction ratio is 9:1

The trim on the steering wheel spider is nickel plated brass.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob McDonald-Federal Way, Wa. on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 06:29 pm:

That might be a steering column lock not a switch.
Is there a place for wiring?

Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 08:45 pm:

It does have wiring terminals on the back side of the switch.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Walter Higgins on Monday, September 01, 2014 - 11:07 pm:

It is from a '27 (thereabouts) Chevrolet.

The switch is both a column lock and ignition switch.


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