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What's the difference between a Ford F1 and F3 Steering box

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kingofthestreet, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. kingofthestreet
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
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    I'm looking at buying a steering box out of a 1948 Ford F3 1 ton truck and wanted to know if there is any difference between the F1 / F3 box? Is it larger than the F1 or the same? It's going in a 1929 RPU
    Thanks for the help
     
  2. carkiller
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    I think the pitman arm is larger center hole.
     
  3. phat rat
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    I don't believe there's a difference. I think that it wasn't until the F-5 that the box became bigger. If it is it's not that much bigger. Just get the pitman arm with it and you'll be ok.
     
  4. Rem
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    The Ford parts book lists the same pitman arm, shaft/worm assembly and housing assembly for '48-'52 F1, F2, F3, so without going through all the individual parts it looks like they are the same.
     
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  5. VonKool13
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    I have a Big Ford truck box and turning it from lock to lock is like 6 turns opposed to my F1 box wich is about 3 turns. You can change the length of your pitman arm to correct it, just don't remeber if it's lengthen or shorten. Good Luck.
     
  6. kingofthestreet
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    I checked out the box today and it's the same as an F1. I paid $80 for the complete column, wheel, steering box and F1 shock mounts......gotta love a good deal
    Thanks again for all the information
     

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