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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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64 steering box and markings

Here is one for the gurus.......

After rebuilding a 66 quick ratio box and installing it in my 64, today I thought I'd start dismantling and cleaning the original one that came out.

When I started stripping the body I noticed that the bearing adjuster lock nut on the worm shaft is different to that of a 66 box, is this normal seeing that there is nearly 3 years difference between the 2 steering boxes?
Also, no FOMOCO stamp on the top plate.

I started to notice paint markings on the casing and top plate for the sector shaft as I started to clean it up.

There is a prominent yellow marking on the cast finish that runs from just under the grease cap as it drips to the underside of the casing.
There is also a grey paint dab (by brush) on the grease cap and all 3 top plate retaining nuts adjuster lock nut and tag.
Where these markings used by Ford after assembly?

There is also a lot of white overspray on the box,I'm guessing this must have been there from when the car was painted (Wimbledon White).
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Pic 1, retaining nut 64.
Pic 2, retaining nut 66.
Pic 3 & 4, yellow paint marking.
Pic 5, grey paint marking on grease cap.
Pic 6, Just visible, grey paint markings on top plate, nuts and sector shaft lock nut.












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The paint markings that you're seeing are typical. My guess is that one signifies that the box has been filled with lube and the other probably denotes that the top cover bolts have been tightened. Don't know these for sure, but that's my guess. After the box was inspected, the top of the box was covered with black paint. I believe it was applied with a brush, because the original applications that I've seen are typically very heavy handed with paint runs. Black paint should cover the top plate, tag, bolts, and normally about the top 1/4 of the housing. The rest of the box was unfinished - cast iron. There should be no body color on it, since it was installed after paint.



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Cool thanks for that, would explain the paint.
It was my thoughts that the top plate was left natural (steel) along with the bolts and tag.
After rebuilding it I would like to finish the outside as it was.
Do you have any pics of finished boxes I can have a look at?

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Brant at VCM did a really good write-up on this topic.
Virginia Classic Mustang Blog: Just the Details...65-66 Mustang Steering Box



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Brant at VCM did a really good write-up on this topic.
Virginia Classic Mustang Blog: Just the Details...65-66 Mustang Steering Box
Some nice pics there, now I am thinking of doing the blacked out top once it is rebuilt.

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I'm pretty sure the blacked out top was to prevent immediate rusting of the bare steel cover. I haven't seen any signs of plating on the ones that I have taken apart.



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Another oddity I found when assembling the 64 steering box is that the ball return guides did not have a hole in them like the 66 box did.
Made for an interesting hour or so trying to get the balls in without locking the worm shaft up.

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