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Old 06-09-2009, 09:10 AM
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Cutting Steering Column

I'm dong a power steering conversion on a 58 Chevy truck from The Truck Shop. The column tube is attached to the box, and want to keep the original column. So that means I have to cut the tube and steering shaft off the box. I'm using a 605 steering box with universal joints, and a DD shaft. My question is what do I do with the cut off column tube? I would think it needs a bearing and seal at the end. What is normally done?
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:17 AM
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Do you have any shaft below the tube/last bearing and the box?

Usually, there's enough length there to accommodate a fairly good amount of shortening.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:29 AM
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I haven't taken it apart yet. I'm putting a quote together for a customer. I wanted to know what to expect before I start it, and what to charge.
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I haven't taken it apart yet. I'm putting a quote together for a customer. I wanted to know what to expect before I start it, and what to charge.
Most columns I've dealt with, have had sufficient length to shorten the shaft w/o resorting to sectioning a piece out of the actual outer tube itself.

That said, I could see the aesthetics being such that you might want to shorten the outer tube as well as the shaft within.

If you're dealing w/the original column, you may be able to replace the shaft- from just the rag-joint down- with an OEM (or The Truck Shop) P/S shaft.

That is, if there's even any difference between manual and P/S column lengths.
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There is no rag joint. The column tube goes directly into the steering box. The steering shaft comes out of the steering box to the steering wheel.
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This is on an older Chevy truck, but same principles would apply for the work needed:

http://www.classicperform.com/tech_a...ing-Trucks.htm
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Thanks Robin. I also found this one.
http://www.classicchevy.com/product....1&dept_id=1714

After all this research, the customer didn't want to spend $2,000 to have Power Steering. I guess he wants me to do it for FREE.

Thanks to every one that replied. I can still use the information next time.
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For future reference, yes you need a bushing or bearing at the bottom of the column. I usually make one from Nylon bar stock, available from most hardware suppliers. You can bore it for the steering shaft and turn it down to fit the inside of the column. A couple Pop rivets to hold it to the column and you are done. When you install the shaft, you will need a collar at the bottom to hold the shaft down against the spring at the top of the column. These are also a hardware item you can get at most good hardware stores. A dab of grease on the shaft, and you are on your way.
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Thanks. I didn't even think of the spring.
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