Ok, heres my take on cowl steering. I wont say this is the right, wrong or only way to do it, but Ive seen some pretty sketchy cowl steer setups here and there. Ive also never seen a cowl steer post that really definitively points you in the direction of a useable steering box, other than the BMW 2002 box, and those dont grow on trees. So I set out to find a cheap, plentiful and sturdy solution to the steering box problem, first of all, and from there design and construct something that is safe, simple, and attractive. Before we get started using these parts and this method requires reversing a steering box, and FIRST CLASS welding. If taking apart a steering box and drilling holes in it isnt your thing, this isnt your answer. If your welding is anything less than perfect, find someone to do the welding for you it IS your steering after all J Parts: Early Ford Ranger manual steering box. Not sure the year spread here, mine was from an 85, Im assuming anything in that first body style is the same. 1.75x.120 wall DOM tubing, about a foot max. I do NOT recommend CR tube, as it requires normalizing after welding. A pitman arm of some kind. Dad and I had a dozen of these cut at our local laser shop, the same results could be had with some bandsaw time. The one pictured is made from ½ coldrolled plate. Misc. plate and tubing to mount the box into the car. This is up to you, as it is gonna vary by car. With parts in hand the first step is to reverse the box. Im not going to into detail on that here, because its been covered a million times with Corvair boxes, and the process is exactly the same. The nice thing about this box is that when you drill the hole for the input to come out the other side, the case is thick enough to hold the seal. I used a 1 1/8 holesaw after drilling a pilot, and that worked out perfect to hammer the seal back into. Pay no attention to the size 12.