Had a few days off this week and did a fairly Major job on the 32. I modified the flange on the f1 steering box and then modified a header to clear it. I have been reluctant to show these pics as recently people have raised the standard of workmanship far beyond my backyard talents. But we're family here, right? So here it is with gobby mig welding and all. Basic problem: Header will not fit with F1 steering in place. Header bought from Macs, made by Reds. I think f1 specific headers might now be available (vendettautofab's post here on the hamb) but I didn't know that when I bought these. I decided the header needed modifying so I cut it as shown This allowed the first two flanges to bolt up, but the rearmost pipe was so tight I struggled to get pipe in place to the third flange. I decided after reading NealinCa's post on the subject and the vendettautofab post (both on the hamb) that instead of just redrilling the frame to suit the f1 flange and using shims I would make a new flange. This would mean no new holes in the frame and I could gain a little clearance at the header. I didn't want to push the steering box right through the frame, as I wanted to retain the column in the right relationship to the pedals, so just cut the box back while still leaving the seal location in place. First the 32 steering was bolted in to gain a datum for column position. The f1 was then offered in place. The box was then gutted. Parts are in great shape. The flange was cut off on the trusty bandsaw. The old Hendey was fired up and the flange turned completely off. The diameter was reduced to approx 44mm for the distance shown. A new flange was whittled from 10mm (approx 3/8") plate. Let the power tools do the work! The flange was roughed out, the uppermost part radiused off to fit in the frame closer by the top bolt hole and the hole positions marked. It was then drilled out with a hole saw and then bored oversize (about 48mm) and heavily chamfered on the lathe. I goofed and chamfered the wrong side, no problem, I just radiused the other side of the upper ear. Flange was positioned in frame, box located in place with pitman shaft inserted through frame from outside for location, supported from underneath with a jack. While in position, it was just possible to get in there withn the mig and tack the flange to the box. The box was then removed and fully welded. Here you can see the angle due to the taper of the 32 frame. And the reason for the big chamfer: It allows a good bead to be run round the front face.. Just about got away without damaging the seal counterbore (spatter was chipped out) The box was then reassembled and remounted in the frame. clamped in place for now, the flange will be drilled when the body is in place and the positioning finally settled. Header had better clearance, was just about do-able with a tight radius bend. Migged the header, on reflection I should have just tacked with the mig and then gas welded it, (don't have tig). I didn't realise how messy it would look until I'd finished. Another angle.. Header now clears steering box. I was pleased with the job from a purely functional point of view, it's a big step forward for the build, but was annoyed with myself that it looks a bit messy especially with the very high standard of fab work being posted these days. The job is virtually identical to the Hudson steering conversion on Old Rusty so I did have previous experience of such a job, but still gained clues from the posts mentioned, especially the input from Mike Bishop in Neal's post. My new roll of brake pipe has arrived so if I can get a bit more time in the garage I can make more progress there. Neal's post: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14238&highlight=f1+steering+in+32 vendettautofab's post: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=266041 My last progress post (with links to others) http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=305096 Mart.