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Projects Fenton header clearance

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 36 Penny Coupe, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. 36 Penny Coupe
    Joined: Jan 7, 2014
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    36 Penny Coupe
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    Working on my 36 Ford and the Fenton headers are not clearing the steering box. Engine is a 1950 Flathead. I do not know the date or even the make of the steering box. It might be original. (See pics). The engine is as far up as it will go. I need like 1/2 “ clearance to make it work. Has anyone relocated a steering box off center by a fraction to clear steering ?? Does it work ok?
    Any advise would be great. [​IMG][​IMG]


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  2. flat 39
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    flat 39
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    Are you using Mercury or Ford truck water pumps? They are different.
    The steering box mount looks to be a home made piece and is probably not in the original location.
     
  3. flatjack
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    Definetly not the correct mount.
     
  4. Project 29 Tudor in mass made a bracket to put the box on top of the frame.


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  5. Ralph Moore
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    Not the stock steering box, a 36 box would have the “egg” at the bottom for the Horn/ light switch wiring harness to attach to. May be a later 40-48 box installed to improve steering like on my 35.


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  6. 36 Penny Coupe
    Joined: Jan 7, 2014
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    36 Penny Coupe
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    Thanks for the info guys. We just moved the box over into the frame rail 1/2 and it worked out. I think it’s a Ford truck box. Looks really heavy built.


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