This thread was being discussed in another thread and threre are so many shoebox lovers here I thought I'd bring this back up for Tech Week. ENJOY! This is my first tech week contribution so here goes. Sorry for the large amount of reading. It started about two years ago that I heard about retro fitting the Volvo 140/160 steering box into a shoebox ford (1949-51) this conversion might also work on some other FoMoCo brands and later years but I don’t know that for sure. I first started by keeping an eye out for donor parts. I looked on ebay but there are very few older Volvo parts that ever show up there so no luck. Because I have never had any interest in Volvo’s for parts or other wise I didn’t even know what the 140 or 160 series Volvos looked like. I’ll include some pictures pulled from the web. These Volvos were produced from 1968-1975. If you are looking for a power box you will want a unit from a 160. As luck would have it I happened upon a 1968 Volvo 140 while tagging along with a friend to find some tri-5 Chevy parts. A deal was struck and I got the box and steering arm for a $75 if I remember correctly. When looking for a donor I checked the play from the input shaft to the steering arm and to make sure the aluminum housing didn’t have any visible cracks. Make sure and check for the wear with the box centered in its travel range. Initially I thought I would just build my own components and adapt the box myself. Well after looking at the Volvo box and the Ford components I decided that I would give a call to Jim at Jamco. After getting to speak with Jim for a while he let me know that they were having a hard time getting the salvage Volvo parts and didn’t have a complete kit in stock but he sent me the items he had anyway. They were the floor pan cover, the lower bushing for the column and the frame to box bracket. The parts that were still needed were; the splined end (Volvo splines) that gets welded to the stock Ford steering shaft, a Volvo U-joint, the steering arm and the column clamp. Jim at Jamco was a super nice guy and wouldn’t charge me for the partial kit, not even shipping. He also helped me out with getting the parts I still needed by faxing me a silhouette of the parts and there OEM part number. I’m not sure if a Volvo specific repair shop exists in every town but even here in Laramie, WY we have one. It’s called VDR Volvo Foreign Repair 307-721-2984 and owned by Bob Van De Rostyne. Bob was a great help although at first I think he though I was crazy wanting to get these parts for a ’50 Ford. I was recently over at his shop and he has power and manual boxes in stock. Well the crunch to get my car ready for the Memorial Day show in Paso came and went and I wasn’t able to get time to get the conversion started so I went on with the stock steering for a while. Fast forward almost two years and the engine in my car was low on power, used oil and had been somewhat abused from playing with flamethrowers. While swapping the engine and cleaning up the frame I decided to dig out the steering parts and finally do the swap. I am not the most organized person and after almost two years I somehow lost the bolt on adapter and the column bushing. So I ended up making everything myself and here’s what I did.