Burman and Sons Ltd
Burman and Sons Ltd, of Ryland Road, Birmingham
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, England
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, manufactured Burman-Douglas steering
Steering is the term applied to the collection of components, linkages, etc. which will allow a vessel or vehicle to follow the desired course...


Their recirculating worm and ball
Recirculating ball
Recirculating ball, also known as recirculating ball and nut or worm and sector, is a steering mechanism commonly found in older automobiles, and some trucks...

 design of steering gear was fitted to pre-war
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 vehicles such as the Ford Eight and the Ford Prefect
Ford Prefect
Ford Prefect may refer to:* Ford Prefect , a line of British cars produced by the UK section of the Ford Motor Company from 1948 - 1961* Ford Prefect , a character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, named after the car...

, the Bedford CA
Bedford CA
The Bedford CA was a distinctive pug-nosed light commercial vehicle produced between 1952 and 1969 by Vauxhall Motors subsidiary Bedford Vehicles, in Luton, United Kingdom....

, plus many other vehicle
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s - both pre and post-war. In its day, Burman-Douglas steering-gear was regarded as...
... a "quality" feature of a car chassis specification,
but the worm and ball design was eventually bettered by the rack and pinion
Rack and pinion
A rack and pinion is a type of linear actuator that comprises a pair of gears which convert rotational motion into linear motion. A circular gear called "the pinion" engages teeth on a linear "gear" bar called "the rack"; rotational motion applied to the pinion causes the rack to move, thereby...

design, which was more precise and which dominates today.

The company also manufactured motorcycle gearboxes during part of its history.

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Burman Douglas Steering Gear
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