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Old 01-16-2012, 09:12 PM
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1955 chevy truck

New to this and needed some help.

Rebuilding a 2nd series 1955 chevy truck, I have put a 1981 pontiac trans am sub frame on truck probable going to use the power steering from the trans am. What steering columns can I use? I have found a 1991 chevy astro van column with tilt, no air bag will this work? Some guys are saying to use 70's pickup columns? Shifter and igintion doesn't matter to me. Also have access to 1970's olds cutlass. I assume a 2nd gen camaro or trans am column will also work they are little harder to find. Im leaning towards the astro column because it is in good shape and color is good if it will work.

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i have an gm safari (same as astro) column in my 58.
i like it for the column shift, tilt, dimmer switch and the key on column.
the same lot of reasons that some modifiers don't like it.

i also use the cruise control function, but haven't figured out how to make my wipers work with it.



i cut off the floor flange and re-welded it to match the floor angle of my truk and bolted it to the floor.



i'm tall so i mounted it close to the dash, so close i had to grind a bit of the speedo bezel point off.
the astro/safari has the prndle in the speedo, this is a stick on ididit prndle for my 700r4.
the column is 3 speed, my 700r4 is 4 speed (aod) no problems making it work.





the column pokes thru the stock hole into the engine bay about 8-10''.
plenty of room to hook up linkages.



the horn button had gmc on it, i found a nos astro horn button with chevrolet on it.

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is the wiper problem in the wiring or just getting the older stuff to work with newer stuff?
truck looks good.
What are your seats from?
thanks alot for you reply, Marc
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i'm running stock electric wipers which have a push-pull rotary switch (same as the vacuum wipers)
not easy to interface them with an electric switch
with the shaved dash, i used the hole next to the headlight switch and a stock choke cable to activate my wipers.
out is off, in is run. rain-x is your friend, i have never used the wipers.

seats are from an 07 ford fusion. chopped 6'', removed the headrest and re-covered in ultra suede.
very comfortable for long distance driving

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