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Old 01-18-2012, 02:23 PM
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how do you measure a steering column?

I see measurements on steering column adds
where are they measuring from and to?
Steering wheel mounting surface to?

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I figure it would be measured from the collar down to the end of the shaft it self where it would slip into the coupling to connect at the sector. JMO




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Yup, like Cole said.......
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For most cars, IDIDIT has a pretty good write up and recommendation. You can call them as well. I ended up speaking with the owner at an NSRA show and purchased mine at a 'show' price, not a heluva big saving, but at least a few bucks.

Another way, and how I 'proved' his choice for me was to install my seat frames, add a bit for sliders(2x4's), a guesstimate using pillows for upholstery and made up a test set up using a piece of plywood, cut to the approximate diameter of a usual aftermarket steering wheel and attached it to a piece of large diameter dowel. That dowel and steering wheel plus the adapter length that IDIDIT suggested made my length. He was 100% correct with the 32" column. I'm also using a tilt version as well - being tall has it's advantages, but not for building '30s automobiles. The tilt makes it easy for me to get in and out easily.

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And one more point - there are two 'normal' adapters - 5 bolt for Grant steering wheels and 9 bolt for LeCarra and most others. There are others, but for race type wheels
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Flaming river and Ididit measure from the top of the column shroud to the bottom end of the shaft.
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thanks guys
nice link

I was walking around in the garage, and I seen a column that I have hanging on the wall (one that I'm hoping to use)

and I wondered how long it was, compared to all the adds I see?

then I realized, I dont know how to measure one
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the one I have is 33" I hope its going to work
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the one I have is 33" I hope its going to work
If I already had one, I would by hook or crook, make it work My guesstimate is that a 34" would be better, but with Borgeson or Flaming River shafting, u-joints, vibration isolators, etc, that inch will reappear.
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