3. True early Ford experts will quickly recognize—this is no early Ford steering shaft end. I am no true early Ford expert … not by a longshot. It is Ford, however, just not of early nature. Turns out that, somewhere during its post-OE life, the 1937 column had been modified for later-model steering, thus the smaller-diameter splined output shaft (as opposed to a hollowed, severed shaft). Note: steering shaft alteration is NOT recommended; seek alternative means (new shaft/column) whenever possible, and if modification is done, have it done by a professional.