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  • #16
    Only the '61-'64 Convertibles and '63-'66 Wagonaires' with Manual Steering have the Low Ratio, Slow and easy to turn Box, all the rest '61-'66; Standard and Power, have the slightly quicker Ratio.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
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    • #17
      Any good machine shop could re-spline the steering wheel or make an adapter for it. Might be a better way to go then splicing a steering shaft. I've walked into many machine shops with a big problem only to have them provide a simple solution based on experience and past applications.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        Only the '61-'64 Convertibles and '63-'66 Wagonaires' with Manual Steering have the Low Ratio, Slow and easy to turn Box, all the rest '61-'66; Standard and Power, have the slightly quicker Ratio.
        Good info, thanks! Were those listed Ross boxes, or did Saginaw come in different ratios?
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        • #19
          Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
          Only the '61-'64 Convertibles and '63-'66 Wagonaires' with Manual Steering have the Low Ratio, Slow and easy to turn Box, all the rest '61-'66; Standard and Power, have the slightly quicker Ratio.
          Are all models the same length?
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          • #20
            Originally posted by thunderations View Post
            I've walked into many machine shops with a big problem only to have them provide a simple solution based on experience and past applications.
            Yes. Being open to an outside-the-box solution is always better than insisting on doing something the first way that comes into your mind.
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            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
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            • #21
              I have put in a later Lark Saginaw recirculating ball steering box on a 53 Commander. No problems, used the whole shebang wiring for turnsignal and everything. All that has to be mdified it the reach rod from the pitman arm to the bellcrank. There is info on a similar conversion as done by others on Bob Johnstones excellent website. You don't have to keep the original wheel as in this article. I didn't and it was fine using the 63 column and wheel.
              http://www.studebaker-info.org/TW/tw1098/tw1098p28.html
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              • #22
                Since you have a 5-speed, consider a later Hawk 4-speed column and a non-dished wheel with adapter. Still a Ross box, though.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
                  I have put in a later Lark Saginaw recirculating ball steering box on a 53 Commander. No problems, used the whole shebang wiring for turnsignal and everything. All that has to be mdified it the reach rod from the pitman arm to the bellcrank. There is info on a similar conversion as done by others on Bob Johnstones excellent website. You don't have to keep the original wheel as in this article. I didn't and it was fine using the 63 column and wheel.
                  http://www.studebaker-info.org/TW/tw1098/tw1098p28.html
                  Thanks! Great article - it references a "reach rod" and says the Lark one is too short, but a Hawk one will be close. Which rod is that? At first I thought they were talking about the pitman arm, but do they mean the rod from the pitman arm to the center pivot?
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                  • #24
                    Yes. There should be plenty around, but if you can't find one, they are simple to make out of some steel tubing.

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