How to remove steering shaft from box

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How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #1 by StarDiero75 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:16 pm

Howdy Guys

I have a 65 Ranchero 200 with manual steering. I just got done pulling it all out and im getting ready to send it in to get rebuilt. Does the shaft come off? Its like 3+ ft and i have to mail this in. Does anyone know how to remove the shaft?

Thanks,
Ryan
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--1965 stock 200 Ranchero w/ 3.03 column shift, 8" rear 2.8 (Yes I know the gearing sucks), weber 32/36, CRT Performance HEI.
--1961 Studebaker Lark VI, OHV 170 l6 in the process of being resurrected.
--Creator of the only Weber 32/36 conversion video.

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Re: How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #2 by StarDiero75 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:52 pm

The ID tag says HCC AM1
Also, what diamter should this be? I used a 1 1/8" socket on the idler arm to get it off.

I have a choice between 1" or 1 1/8" so im trying to make sure which one i have
--1965 stock 200 Ranchero w/ 3.03 column shift, 8" rear 2.8 (Yes I know the gearing sucks), weber 32/36, CRT Performance HEI.
--1961 Studebaker Lark VI, OHV 170 l6 in the process of being resurrected.
--Creator of the only Weber 32/36 conversion video.

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Re: How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #3 by mustang6 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:17 am

The shaft does not come off, that's why it is referred to as the "spear of death" in a front end collision. In late '67 Ford changed to a short input shaft box, the steering column got it's own collapsible shaft that bolted up to it, all for obvious safety reasons. Measure the non-threaded part of the output shaft (where the pitman arm was attached) to see if it is 1" or 1 1/8" diameter (in 65 I'm pretty sure it's 1" only).
Scott

68 Mustang 200 ci, 250-2V head, H/W 5200, Dual Headers, Comp Cams 252H, DSII w/ MSD 6AL, T-5, V8 suspension.

65 Ranchero 200 ci, late 170 head, Autolite 1101, 3.03 3 speed, Maverick 8" 4 lug rear with 3.55 gears.

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Re: How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #4 by StarDiero75 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:54 pm

mustang6 wrote:The shaft does not come off, that's why it is referred to as the "spear of death" in a front end collision. In late '67 Ford changed to a short input shaft box, the steering column got it's own collapsible shaft that bolted up to it, all for obvious safety reasons. Measure the non-threaded part of the output shaft (where the pitman arm was attached) to see if it is 1" or 1 1/8" diameter (in 65 I'm pretty sure it's 1" only).

Man that sounds like it might just tickle. Haha. Is there an easy conversion to the 67 setup (like bolt on) or does it require cutting and stuff?

Thanks a bunch,
Ryan
--1965 stock 200 Ranchero w/ 3.03 column shift, 8" rear 2.8 (Yes I know the gearing sucks), weber 32/36, CRT Performance HEI.
--1961 Studebaker Lark VI, OHV 170 l6 in the process of being resurrected.
--Creator of the only Weber 32/36 conversion video.

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Re: How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #5 by mustang6 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:59 am

I have seen something like that somewhere... just can't find it now. Of course if you wanted to change to power there is this integral power steering box conversion, I've installed it on a Mustang and it worked awesome:

https://www.borgeson.com/xcart/home.php?cat=121
Scott

68 Mustang 200 ci, 250-2V head, H/W 5200, Dual Headers, Comp Cams 252H, DSII w/ MSD 6AL, T-5, V8 suspension.

65 Ranchero 200 ci, late 170 head, Autolite 1101, 3.03 3 speed, Maverick 8" 4 lug rear with 3.55 gears.

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Re: How to remove steering shaft from box

Post #6 by mustang6 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:35 pm

I also just put a short shaft (no spear of death) 67-8 Falcon steering box in the misc for sale section for $35. If you can measure the distance between the frame mounting holes on your box we could maybe determine if that box would bolt right in for you.
Scott

68 Mustang 200 ci, 250-2V head, H/W 5200, Dual Headers, Comp Cams 252H, DSII w/ MSD 6AL, T-5, V8 suspension.

65 Ranchero 200 ci, late 170 head, Autolite 1101, 3.03 3 speed, Maverick 8" 4 lug rear with 3.55 gears.

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