Also, for example How is a 2003 Ford F-150 able to use a u-joint
and not a pot coupler?
Typically newer cars have a slip yoke style steering column. My experience has been that it is primarily that way so that it can be assembled easier in the plant.
That said, I have a borgeson ujoint.
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1976 Dodge Warlock - "Her Truck" - 360/727 2wd
1969 Dodge Dart Custom Sedan - Grandma Edition - 318/904
2016 Subaru WRX - E30 Tune ~320whp