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Old 01-27-2006, 06:57 PM
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Building steering column from scratch...

Hi All, Failing that I find a tilt column from and early 60's Mopar without a keyed ignition on it to install into my 55 Dodge 1/2 ton truck ...I was wondering if anyone had seen an article in a hot rod mag a few months ago about home building a straight sterring column from just tube and bearings
etc...I ( of course ) did NOT buy this mag when I saw it...but I'll just add that to the long list of dumb things I want to kick myself over...

Any body done this type of thing?

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Derek

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All those are is a tube with a nylon bushing at either end to support the shaft..bushings could be brass or bronze for that matter..Most common is a quick release hub for the steering wheel..turn signals box can be a clamp on unit from JC Whitney..you will need a couple of collars with set screws to retain the shaft..

Try the race car suppliers for the parts and if you have an industrial supplier they can provide the bushings and collars..

Of course Art Morrison has the whole deal in stock so there you go..that is the easy way..

Real common deal in race cars..

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I've got that mag in front of me. It's Rodders Digest August 05. Not sure how I could get the article to you. If I was better at this I could scan it and send it to you. I'll try and figure it out if you want. Just got a new printer with the scanner, and I think I can do that if you want me to email it to you.
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I have a similar printer scanner deal...mine just has a one button scan.

I'd be willing to send some postage and whatever you need for a photocopy of the article as well....but the emailed file should work as well..

There is no rush, I'd be greatful if you could see fit to scan it at your earliest conveneince...its cold here in Ottawa and I wont be doing much for a bit anyways....

Thanks for the posts !
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Here's a pic of a home-built aluminum steering column with sealed ball bearings both ends.
Cost about $35.

Uses a length of 1 5/8" OD aluminum tubing, .120 wall.

A stock length GM straight steering shaft - 36-37" long depending.

You don't need a tilt column if you place the column properly.
Ergonomically speaking.

The only things you may have to farm out are the bearing adapter bushings at both ends as well as the locking collars top and bottom.

If you have access to a lathe, you have it made.

This particular column is set up for a quick-release hub.

It goes into a 31 on 32 rails roadster.

The in-car pic shows a different column mount than the first photos show.
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Hey Derek,

I scanned the mag pages you want, but seem to be having trouble attaching them. Comes up "cannot find server"when I try. Any suggestions?

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hi all, just taking a quick second to note that we were called into hospital to enduce my wife for our first child...nothing as of 24 hours, but I just stopped off at home to freshen up and get some new threads.........

will be checking back in asap....

tty all soon, Best , Derek
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You could also check the Ididit site.
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Yup Rodders Digest had that article. If I still have it (will check my stash of mags later) I could possibly send you a photocopy of the article. Ill check for you later.
C9x that looks good, is that in your rod???





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Yup Rodders Digest had that article. If I still have it (will check my stash of mags later) I could possibly send you a photocopy of the article. Ill check for you later.
C9x that looks good, is that in your rod???

Mike

Thanks.

The column pictured goes into my 31 on 32 rails project roadster.

I have another in my 32 roadster that has over 43,000 trouble free miles on it.
Cept for the time the elec fuel pump died and the other time the metering rod stuck open.
Other than that, a problem free little car.

Here's a pic of the one in my 32.
A little more street oriented with the larger adapter under the wheel.

I like to make all the stuff I can and there's more home-made stuff in the 31 than there is in the 32 although there's quite a bit in the 32.

Attached as well, a pic of the 32.

Both cars run 462" (.030 over 455) Buick engines.
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Hi Derek,

I hope everything went well with the baby and all.

I finally figured out the file from the scanner was to big. It was huge. Been playing around with the program to reduce the size. Couldn't figure it out. Finally emailed it to myself so I could save it in a program I knew how to work. Anyway, I hope you can read it, and that it helps. Good luck!

John
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photocopies anyone?

Hi all, my pc cant seem to get the scans any clearer....and my time to fiddle is limited helping my wife ( now "mom" ) with out new addition to the family.

Anyone able to photocopy this article and mail it if I send postage and an envelope, or just look for a few buckjs for a used copy of this Rodders Digest?

Will check in again asap,


I really appreciate the lengths everyone has gone to helping me with this deal...nice to see.

Derek
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Hi Derek,

If you have a fax available I'll fax it to you, or just give me your mailing address and I'll send it that way.
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Building steering column from scratch...

Congrats on the new baby! Boy or girl? Been there done that, boy and girl. Hockey, ball, basketball, volleyball, dance, figure skating, university, lots of time and money. Didn't know what I was missing till I had them. Both have left home and started their own family lives. Time for me now to start building those hot rod things again.
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Hey Derek,

I'm trying to up load the files again. I think I have left them bigger this time.
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