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Technical 51 Lincoln steering wheel on a 50 Ford

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Sharmack, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. Sharmack
    Joined: Jan 18, 2014
    Posts: 141


    Hey guys I was hoping someone could help me out. I'm wanting to install a 51 Lincoln steering wheel on a 50 ford. The Lincoln is keyed and not splined and the ford is splined. Was wondering if any of you have done this and how you went about doing it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks !!!
  2. TinWolf
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 179

    from Sweden

    Im not sure but did 1949 Ford have a conical / key fit ? I wonder since there is Crestline steeringwheels that has both fits , Im not sure if that is because some where option and brought to any Ford . Other ways would be to either cut and weld either the center of the steeringwheel or the shaft to whatever makes it fit ! One hard way would be to put the steeringshaft in a lathe and make the conical fit and cut a grove for the key !
  3. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,435


    HAMB'er Eric H installed a Lincoln wheel in his shoe box, and had this to say;

    "Yes we changed the hubs. We destroyed an old Ford wheel and removed the hub from the centre. We then set the Lincoln wheel up on a CNC machine and bored the centre out to match the Ford size. We pressed it in and TIG welded it from the back side. This could be done on a Bridgeport as well by dropping an end mill down through the Lincoln wheel."


    Eric's build thread is titled "The Black Cavendish".
    Eric H likes this.
  4. Sharmack
    Joined: Jan 18, 2014
    Posts: 141


    Thanks for the information. That's what I was looking for!

  5. vwdave30
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 457


    Not a lincoln wheel but has a simular look a 46-48 chrysler wheel fits didnt have to modify anything

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