I have the Vega box mounted and the original steering shaft ( steering unit is from a 26 ) cut to size with a universal joint marrying the two units together. I have yet to connect the pitman arm to the original setup as it will require some modification due to frame lowering and the use of the Vega arm. It take 4 complete revolutions of the steering wheel to complete one rotation at the box. My question is with the 3 spline gear in the original wheel setup will the steering be to "slow" and if so what is the remedy.
After some thought I am going to keep this steering setup from the 26, will use it in my 22 project. I have an old column that I have removed the 3 spider gears from I'll drill and weld the two shafts together. Guess I should have looked at this earlier and could have saved posting for an answer.
Over the past few years I received considerable advice and encouragement from Ralph Ricks, who passed away earlier this year.God bless him.
Consequently I contributed to the Forum, for the benefit of other members, my efforts in two specific areas, namely: '37 Ford Steering in our`12 Touring-dated May 04,2015 05:11 pm; and the accompanying subject-Front Wheel brakes to the Forefront again- dated May 04.2015 01:03 pm.
Until my discussions with Ralph, I too was looking seriously at the Vega boxes.My final choice was to stay with a Ford product, a `37 box that I rebuilt with all new components.(Note-With the 5:1 1926-27 steering box I had been running in our `12 for the past ten years, the steering wheel turned one and a third turns lock to lock. With the `37 box it now turns two and one third turns lock to lock.)
I am quite pleased with the results as when keeping up with traffic, cruising 45 to 50 mph the steering is quite pleasant.
I would like to recommend that you do as I did and replace your original Model T Ford steering column shaft, with a good quality new 0.750 diameter ground steel shaft that your local machine shop can easily cut the required keyway and thread the end to properly attach the Model T steering wheel.I am not comfortable with any welding in this critical area. Regards, Tom Forsythe
It's hard to find a '37 box.
So many have gone into '35's.
Ralf seemed to think The '37 was a bit too slow. In that case a '35 should be just right.
I have a '35 that I took out of a '35 and replaced it with a '37. Big improvement. Much easier to steer the '35 now.
I have not installed it into my '26 touring yet. . I have a Sentra manual rack and pinion now. A bit too slow, but I can turn it lock-to lock with one finger.