Good morning All,
During the winter I am willing to change the steering gear and pins of my 1922 Woody. I was wondering, because I should like to have the 1/5 gear for a better steering, can I put the later (1926-27)gear in the 1922 housing?
Should work. You'll need to change the whole axle down to the pitman arm since the 5:1 gears has a different distance to center than the old 4:1 gears. If the new or used 5:1 gears fits tight, you may use Timesaver yellow compound to grind them to fit better. Use the pinion gear from the 5:1 set too
What is the distance between the center and the gear axles and between each gear axle for the 4/1 and the 5/1 gears??
Here's a drawing:
I changed the gears on the coupe and ran into an unexpected problem. When I did the speedster, just pulled out the shaft, put in the 5:1 and gears and was in business. Unfortunately on the coupe you cannot pull out the shaft because of the roof, you have to take out the whole steering assembly.
Did this job a few months ago on a 15 touring. Easy to do, no problems.
The new gears fit a little snug but soon wore in. Well worth the minimal investment.
I helped my uncle work on his 25 coupe last summer and needed to pull the shaft. We took the bolts from the lower mount out and that allowed enough movement to get it out and then we replaced the bushing in the bracket.
I tried doing a gear set change using '27 gears in my '24 housing and they wouldn't fit, too big. Don
I switched out the gears and shaft in both of my T's, '23 TT and '25 coupe. No problems at all, although they were all used parts. I replaced the pins with drill rod that was a few thousands (not sure how much now) larger because the original pins were just a tad loose in the shafts. That tightened up a bit of play in the gears too. Worked great. Dave
When I was 14 I bought a T chassis and some parts at a swap meet and decided to build a T knowing little about them except I wanted one. I got 2 steering columns one a 26-27 and one earlier with a shaft and no gears. I took the shaft and gears out of the 26-27 column since the housing was damaged and put them into the earlier column. I got the 5 to 1 gears by accident. It fit together fine. I first tried putting the 5-1 gears on the earlier shaft. I couldn't figure it out why they didn't fit.
Did you also change the steering shaft? The pins are at a different location for the 5-1 gears.
At the last swap meet, I picked up a steering column for $2, it has a bend in it, but I've gotten everything loose (but not apart yet) and it has 5-1 gears!! (should be able to straighten the shaft, I think) Oh, I got it because it has a neat wheel lock on it, and I think I'm going to be able to save it too!
Don I ran into the same problem on a column for my pickup project and had to use the 26-7 housing. Don't know what year column I used but 24 back anyway. KGB