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Old 12-23-2013, 02:51 PM
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Converting steering in a 1954 Chevrolet

Has anyone or does anyone know someone who has converted the steering on a 1954 Chevrolet? I thought I could simply change columns but that doesn't work as the steering shaft and tube are an integral part of the steering box. So I need an easy way to convert this beast. Thanks for any help.

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new column ?

I am assuming you want to just install a new column. Speedway sells various couplers and you can also buy a steering universal joint that has different ends
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You can reuse your original column if you like it. Cut the outer jacket and the inner shaft a couple of inches above the steering box. Shorten the outer jacket to the needed length. Install shaft with steering wheel into jacket and mark for cutoff. It will need to be a few inches longer than the jacket. You will need to fabricate an end for the jacket from aluminum or steel. It will need to have a bushing or a bearing to support the bottom of the shaft and a retainer to keep the shaft from pulling out the top. Grind or mill the shaft end into a Double D to accept a u joint. I did this on a 56 chevy steering shaft and it worked great. Measure your shaft diameter with a caliper. A .746 shaft and a .752 bearing will make noise as you drive. Ask me how I know. I ended up making a Teflon bushing on the lathe to fit it exactly. Nice and quiet now. I can try to get some pics for you if you need them.
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I shortened the column on my '50 chevy 3100. Cut it at the steering box, used a grinder to accept a DD u-joint from flaming river. At the end Of the old steering column I used a piece of round stock plastic to make a big bushing. Drilled a hole through the center for the steering shaft, cross drilled it with smaller holes for grease, tapped a spot for a grease fitting in the column body, and welded a washer on the end. Greased up and it works well, super quiet. Bushing is about 4" long. I have pics if you're interested.
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You can reuse your original column if you like it. Cut the outer jacket and the inner shaft a couple of inches above the steering box. Shorten the outer jacket to the needed length. Install shaft with steering wheel into jacket and mark for cutoff. It will need to be a few inches longer than the jacket. You will need to fabricate an end for the jacket from aluminum or steel. It will need to have a bushing or a bearing to support the bottom of the shaft and a retainer to keep the shaft from pulling out the top. Grind or mill the shaft end into a Double D to accept a u joint. I did this on a 56 chevy steering shaft and it worked great. Measure your shaft diameter with a caliper. A .746 shaft and a .752 bearing will make noise as you drive. Ask me how I know. I ended up making a Teflon bushing on the lathe to fit it exactly. Nice and quiet now. I can try to get some pics for you if you need them.
I have made that teflon bushing many times. It works great. I usually make it about 1" long and leave a small lip so it cant go in and make a press fit so it has to be tapped into the column.Never had one come out but you can center punch the outer tube if you like.
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Cal and BenS,

I would appreciate photo's of your modifications to the columns that you both made. If possible, I would appreciate it if you would send them to me via my e-mail account. That way I can store them on my computer for reference while I am going after my column. Thanks for your help.

My E-mail is: C66427L36@yahoo.com

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I am sorry but I only took pics of the column after I built it. If you look closely at the bottom of the column on the second pic you can see the lip of the bushing.I can make you a bushing if you send me the measurements.
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I sent some pics to your email
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