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Old 11-22-2009, 12:36 AM
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Default What power steering boxes will work on 1965 F-100 pick-ups?

I recently aquired a 1965 F-100 with manual steering and would like to change it to power as the truck is quite hard to steer. The p/o installed a 400/C-6 in it that has power steering pump on it and just looped the lines for right now, I would like to change this. The manual box looks similar to 70's era 4wd box with pitman arm switched 180 degrees but the salvage yard interchange book doesnt go back that far.
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Anything up to 79 will bolt in, the chassis didnt change. I used a 78 parts truck for my 68 and changed the steerng &brakes, it drives much nicer now!
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:42 PM
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the chassis did change. im not sure what 460vega is talking about and i have a 69 f100 2WD, btw 2wd and 4wd DO NOT use the same box. if i were you i would check out fordification.com they are all about 67-72 trucks BUT they know what will fit on what, and if they dont know they can tell you who does or a site thats all about your truck.
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Did not specify 2 or 4wd,I am only talking about 2wd,I dont know about 4wd. I changed brakes and steering from a 78 on to my 68 f100, my brother did the same to his 65 f100, in 80 they changed & wont fit but the 78 stuff was a simple bolt in deal.
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but this guy is talking about 65 f100 and its not all the same, heck the 9'' rear isn't even the same as the 67- and up 9". I KNOW the 65 f100 2wd frames are not the same as the 67-72 is not even the same WIDTH. and the i beams will not interchange.
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:25 AM
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One of the trucks I had, that I still wish I never sold was a 65 F100. It started life as a 352/3 on the tree. It was a 2wd. Got a 75 F150 PS steering box, pump and hoses from the junk yard. The PS pump even had a cooler on it all factory Ford. Was a bolt on to the 65. The 65 1/2 ton brakes were wimpy so I got the brake booster, proportioning valve, spindles, calipers too. Bought new lines, hoses, kingpins and a master. Bam.....front dics brakes. Got the baking plates and drums off the 75 also for the wider rear brakes. Major league difference in stopping power. Freshened up a 67 428 out of a t-bird with a CJ cam, intake, carb and headers. Got a auto steering colum and and a shift kit in the C6 and 3:91's out back. Sorry for the rant, but I really had fun traveling/vacationing the country in the truck and towing my old 57 ranchero drag car all over. Me and the wife sleeping in the back on the old air mattress. Those when the days. Being the old fart I'am now, its the motorhome only now. I remember passing all them Winnies and such back then going up the highest mountain passes with power to spare. Man I loved that truck.
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Thank you for replies the truck is 2wd and looks to have a dana 60 rearend or maybe a 44 but definitly not a nine. It has 5on5 bolt pattern and is the original rearend. I never knew ford used 5 lug dana 60's in any truck. the truck was originally a floor shift deal. The floors are shot and need to be replaced so far I cant find the firewall pieces that are rotted out but can get everything else for it. I didnt want a huge project with the truck as I already have one of those with my 2000 but couldnt resist the deal on it as the exterior is really quite good with only needing cab corners and the front lower corner pieces of the bed patched.
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One of the trucks I had, that I still wish I never sold was a 65 F100. It started life as a 352/3 on the tree. It was a 2wd. Got a 75 F150 PS steering box, pump and hoses from the junk yard. The PS pump even had a cooler on it all factory Ford. Was a bolt on to the 65. The 65 1/2 ton brakes were wimpy so I got the brake booster, proportioning valve, spindles, calipers too. Bought new lines, hoses, kingpins and a master. Bam.....front dics brakes. Got the baking plates and drums off the 75 also for the wider rear brakes. Major league difference in stopping power.
Thats what I am saying, it all bolts up,the I beams are longer but you don`t haveto change them, just the box.
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The box will bolt-up,but you'll have to change the column also (power/manual are different lengths).
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Would the mid 70's column also work as the turn signals dont work either on this truck? If the column is colapsable I could maybe just shove it up a little bit? Totally new to this era truck.
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but this guy is talking about 65 f100 and its not all the same, heck the 9'' rear isn't even the same as the 67- and up 9". I KNOW the 65 f100 2wd frames are not the same as the 67-72 is not even the same WIDTH. and the i beams will not interchange.
wrong THE 9" rearend is the same i have springs and rearend out of a 65 under my 69f100 the springs are heavier out of the 65 than what came in mine. If you have the twin i-beam the steering box should be the same. You can call the local part store and ask for a manual box for the 65 and then ask for 67 manual box if it shows the same than any 2wd steering box from 67-79 should work.67-72 has the same rear as the 62-65 the 73-79 the spring hanger plates is welded on the rearend different because the frames at the rear is different
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The steering column fits easy too ,the wiring plug is a different shape, but the color codes are the same,you`ll have an extra wire or two on the column for the flashers I didn`t use them on mine because the flasher switch in the glove box worked ok.
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Would the mid 70's column also work as the turn signals dont work either on this truck? If the column is colapsable I could maybe just shove it up a little bit? Totally new to this era truck.
yes you can use the 70s column you will have to move the brackit that bolts to the dash and rewire the plug on it the 70's had flasher on the column 68-72 would work better as the flasers where in the dash pocket
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Hmm looks like I am going junk yard hopping this weekend I love doing that once in awhile. There is a salvage yard that has a 66 with good floors I might just buy the whole thing I need to go check it out again. I definitely like the idea of dual master cylinder and front discs with power steering. I did some measuring and this would be easy to make a fat tire drag truck. I measured the wheelwell lip to frame and there is 21 inches wow.
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I NEVER SAID THE BOX NEVER BOLTED ON, i was just saying that a lot is different and i didn't want you to just take some ones word for it, better to do the research and find out for yourself and not regret it later. know what im saying? and 69f100 you are wrong on this one, yes the 9" housing will fit or whatever but its not as strong, it will only hold about 350hp unlike the later 9" that's good for 500hp.
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