How to custom fit a steering column....

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  1. ol' chebby

    ol' chebby Member

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    or, here is how street rodders hack up their trucks.
    I am extending my previous column by about 1 1/2 inches. I am using the column from a junkyard truck.

    First, pull the column....duh...

    Next, cut the outer column tube to length using a sawzall or grinder with a cut off wheel. make sure you cut it straight.
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    Now cut the inner shaft about 3" longer. (I welded an extension to mine because the steering wheel nut was messed up on the new one)
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    Find a bearing that fits into the tube and fits the shaft. I plug weld the bearing to the tube...go slow so you don't melt the bearing...
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    now clean your shaft...no dirty comments here, please...and get ready for paint. Here we have the shaft and tube side by side...
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    Grind the end of the shaft into a "DD" shape for the u joint to attatch to.
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    Hopefully tommorrow I will finish up. stay tuned for the reveting conclusion, same bat time, same bat channel......

    I'm out,
    Russ
     
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    Interesting Thread....

    Keep it coming .
     
  3. coilover

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    Nice sanitary work, Russ. One thing we do different is to weld a nut for a set screw (or two) on the column tube to retain the bearing. A small flat groove the size of the set screw point holds the bearing without welding and it is removable. Here is a stock AD column and upper shaft adapted to the S10 lower shaft.
     

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  4. ol' chebby

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    That works also.....looks like you may need to give that upper valve train a little lovin'
     
  5. ol' chebby

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    O.k, now lets paint and mount the column....
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    I previously made up a bottom mount and sheetmetal cover. I like the column to barely protrude through the firewall....
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    Now make up the rest of the shaft assembly. Mock up the linkage using 3/4" dowels and duct tape. once you have the measurements, call and order the parts. I used 1 "DD" to "DD" joint for the column side, 12" "DD" shaft, 1 "DD" to weld on joint, about 6" round shaft, and a weld on to splined joint...
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    Once everything is connected, determine where to mount the hiem joint, which is needed to support the center section if more that 2 u joints are used. Cut a mount out of steel, drill for the threaded shaft, weld to frame...
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    Now paint the assembly and drive the snot out of it.....
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