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Old 02-14-2005, 01:41 PM
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I purchased all the parts from CCP for the conversion to power steering. Read the install. Everything seemed fine until I reached the column part. My new (to me) column is from a 72 van with column shift lever. The hole in the floor board of my 56 truck is 1.75. I need a hole 2.0. OK, I drilled it out. But shift lever is in the way of sliding it up the shaft. Do I have to field strip the column to get the floor plate over the shaft?

Read lots of post about cutting the shafts, but no real instructions. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

OH, Ya, they forgot to tell me that I had to remove the E-Brake also. Anyone else had to move the E-Brake?

Thanks for all the help.

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Old 02-14-2005, 03:18 PM
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GM designed an oblong hole in the floorboards to clear that shift lever, then used a rubber gasket to seal the round column to the oblong hole in the floor. Go to Pick-A-Part and eyeball how they did it. Their's is ugly so for a pretty one, you will have to make your own filler for the gap in the hole.
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Column Assembly

Willy, you saying that the bottom shift lever can not be removed to allow the firewall plate to be slide on to the shaft? Seems everyone talks about disassemble of these things like it is no big deal. But then you ask for details and everyone disallows it. Interesting. Looking like I will have to field strip one to separate the B from the S.

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I guess you could disassemble the bottom end and get it in that way. I always knock in a bigger hole in the floor 'cause that place is usually so crowded that stripping and reassembling a column there isn't very appealing!
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:06 AM
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I think I have you confused. I have the old column out of the truck and I have the new unit laying on the bench. The plate for the floor is in perfect condition. I have had one of our machinist bore the hole from 1.75 to 2.0 Then new column has a shift lever up the shaft about 4 inches. I can not slide the floor plate up the shaft past the shift lever, so I need to remove the shift lever while it is on the bench, slide the plate up the shaft and then re-assemble the shift lever.
One of the discussions I found using the search said to drive the shift lever out the bottom of the column. Is it just pressed in there? I am beginning to think I just might take this to the chevy dealer.

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Oh, I thought the precision hole was in the floor board not an adapter plate. By all means, take the shift lever off and install the plate. Very easy DIY project, pretty self evident how it all comes apart when you get in there.
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Lets dance

Seems we are dancing around this but I am not seeing the solution. VERY EASY means what? Do you know of a schematic for this thing? DOES THE SHIFT LEVER DRIVE OUT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHAFT? Need a little more detailed instructions here.

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No unfortunately the shift lever is welded to the shift tube so the steering shaft must come. Fairly easy but takes a little time. Is still don't know how BM could afford to assemble that design. Requires a huge human effort even in a factory setting.

Here is a pretty good summary of rebuild procedures.
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So I'm thinking the answer to your question is yes. You do need to field strip it, so to speak. The shift rods are usually held in with a C-clip up on the hub near the steering wheel. The steering column goes in from the top and the shifting column goes in from below.
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:19 AM
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Thanks for lessening to an old mans rantings. Obviously something I have not done much with. I called the guy that cleaned the column for me and he said he would install the floor plate and a new column clamp from Flaming River. Cost $65. Better than pulling the gray out.

For me it is not as easy as everyone would have ya think.
Thanks again.

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