Ok, so take it easy on the flaming, this is my first old car and I'm still learning. Never had anything with manual steering before. I've searched around a good bit, but not having any luck. I've ordered a rebuild kit for the front of my '52 Styleline in an attempt to fix a lot of play in the wheel and a tendancy to wander all over the road. I am curious as to what this thing is, and if it's original. The u-bolt wrapped around it is touching the oil pan and that doesn't seem right to me. At one point, this car has had a lot of questionable stuff done to it and I'm trying to sort it back out. So... what is that in the center of the pic? Is it original?