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Old 06-13-2006, 08:00 PM
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Homemade Steering Column?

I tried to fab up my car using a dakota column for my project but it isn't going to work the way i want it to.

I have several columns to take parts from so i was wondering if anybody has ever made their own?

any help appreciated.

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For a "T" bucket. I used a piece of exhaust tube for outer column. A piece if 3/4 steel stock for the inner shaft. Welded on a surplus aircraft u-joint/coupler. A sealed roller bearing that fit the shaft and ID of tube on the lower end. Same on upper end, but used an old VW turn signal housing and splined the shaft to fit aftermkt steering wheel adapter.

Retained the bearings in the tube with spot welds on outer race/ID of tube. The shaft is retained with snap ring grooves turned in od. that corespond with bearing placement/width. Not very maintainance friendly. But, the column has never needed bearing service.
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This is only a steering column "chop", not a total fabrication like Bobcrman, but it might give you some ideas. (You'll need to scroll down the page a bit to get to the steering column part.)

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ge=5&reverse=1
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Not sure if this helps but check out these folks.

http://www.stockcarproducts.com/steer5.htm
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that's some good info there guys.

thanks for the help.

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