It is almost June 2018 and weather is warming up. Time to begin upgrading the manual steering for the 67 Ford F250.
I have the steering column removed. And the power steering gear is installed. The 68-72 model year Ford power steering gear 45-1021-Z bought from LMC Truck went in easily after cutting a bit of the motor mount perch away. The angle and distance to the firewall and stock steering column position changed due to the larger size of the 68-72 gear.
A 3/4 inch 36 spline to 3/4 inch DD universal SUM-760667 is available from Summit Racing to replace the rag joint. Turns out the steering column tube needs to be shortened by a couple inches. The steering shaft also needs to be shortened when cutting the male DD on the end of the stock 67 manual steering shaft.
The steering column / firewall mount plate needs to be modified / changed. Since the 68-72 gear input shaft is at a higher position and a couple inches closer to the firewall. The angle changes a few degrees. The best bet is just to fabricate a new plate.
I also ordered the 1968 power steering linkage from LMC Truck to allow un-obstructed movement of the linkage through the control arms. A matching power steering gear pitman arm 45-2216 from LMC Truck is also needed since the arm from the original manual steering gear will not fit the 68-72 Ford power steering gear.
Last but not least, I will need to install and connect the later model year Saginaw power steering pump. I have pump, mounting brakcket, hoses and hardware. Available as Kit BWS 2750FE from Benchworks Steering. It will be a great day when the power steering conversion is finished.
The heads have been machined for hardened exhaust valve seats and all new valves. I tried shorty headers but they didn't fit well. So its either stock exhaust manifolds or full length headers. I'm planning on an aluminum Edelbrock Performer 2105 4 Barrel Intake and Performer 1405 600 cfm (manual choke) Carburetor from Summit Racing Equipment. The electric choke version is the Edelbrock Performer 1406 600 cfm.
Time to install a 1968 re-manufactured Ford power steering gear and a later (quieter) Saginaw pump. Some of the motor mount perch was cut away so the gear would fit. But its in and I need to shorten the steering shaft and grind it for a DD / 36 spline universal to replace the rag joint. That should make the truck steer easier. Check out the Power Steering Mods Blog.
Next up: wiring. All the grounds need cleaned and re-seated. The headlights dim when braking. So I have to build an engine compartment fuse block with relays for the headlights and electric fan. There is a great Youtube Video by The Fab Forums about that. I plan to replace the under dash fuse block too. I think replacing the tail lights with LED units from LMC Truck will help reduce the resistance of the long wire run to rear of truck.
Bondo was used on the front fenders because they were too far gone. I will get new ones from LMC Truck after I get the steering, lowering, and wiring done.
Soon it will be time for interior work.
Mabbco in Texas offers re-manufactured 352 FE long block engines for around $1800. Maabco Motors, USA will ship the long block right to my place for about $300. They said they would be happy to put an RV cam in for me. That should go nice with the Ford 352 FE Edlebrock intake and 4 bbl carburetor from Summit Racing Equipment.
I plan to lower the truck about 2 to 3 inches so the top of the wheel wells are just below the top of the tires. I bought some lowering shackles and 4 degree pinion shims from AirBagIt for the rear leaf springs. It's okay to cut two coils out of the front coil springs without affecting camber too much. That oughta do it.
Eventually the in cab gas tank is going to be replaced by an under bed unit from LMC Truck. The truck will look so much better removing the gas inlet from the drivers side cab.
I want to clean and coat the bed. But LMC Truck sells a nice Tonneau Bed Cover that will look great and hide all that bed rust until then. 😊
Posted April 2018