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03-29-2005 09:08 PM Rat - Installing Steering Column
Photo #1 below: Here is a shot of the shortened column installed. I used the existing mounting bolt locations on the column and fabricated brackets from flat stock which are bolted to the column and welded to the pedal bracket and to the 1x1 support welded to the door post.

Photo #2: The steering shaft needs further support at the forward knuckle. I am using a simple bearing and pillow block mounted on a 1x1 tube support which is bolted to the engine mount. (It is bolted rather than welded so that the exhaust manifold can still be taken off and put on.)

Photo #3 is the forward steering shaft support from a different angle.


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03-29-2005 08:49 PM Rat - Chopping Steering Column
Photo #1 below: Here I have slid the end piece over the upper portion of the column and positioned to to the correct length. On the right is the bearing cap and bearing.

Photo #2: All the parts are being positioned for welding.

Photo #3: The shortened column, welded and primered.


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03-29-2005 08:41 PM Rat - Chopping Steering Column
Photo #1 below: This is a close up shot of the tube end which holds the bearing cap.

Photo #2: I mark the tube (see tape) at 18 1/4", the allowable length I want so that the steering column will end at the firewall. I will cut the tube approximately one inch shorter than this at the point where the tube tapers to a narrower diameter. As luck would have it, the outside diameter for that section of the tube is identical to the inside diameter of the end of the tube which holds the bearing cap. This is very helpful since I will be able to cut the lower piece of the tube a little long and then slide it up or down the upper piece of the tube and position it to get the exact right length. This also eliminates any butt welds. Also seen in the photo is the ignition switch mechansim which mounts to those two bolts sticking out of the column. Fortunately I have just enough room so that I will not have to relocate the switch.

Photo #3: I make my final marks and then cut with a chop saw. On the left is the upper portion of the tube, above is the descarded portion, and on the right is the end cap.




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03-29-2005 08:12 PM Rat - Chopping Steering Column
In order to use the donor F-150 steering column I will need to shorten it by about 12" so that it does not protrude into the engine compartment. The steering shaft will telescope into itself (the anti-spearing function at work) so that I will only need to shorten the steering tube and not the shaft.

Photo #1 below is the original steering column.

Photo #2: The lower end of the steering column has a plastic cap and bearing (shown on right) which keeps the steering shaft centered in the tube. The end of the column is on the left.

Photo #3: This is how the end cap/bearing holder fits on the end of the steering column. I need to cut approximately 12" out of the tube and then reattach this end so that the bearing cap mounts properly.


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03-25-2005 12:26 PM Rat - Dorothy's Spin
My wife's theory is, if it's got floorboards and a seat it's good to go. So here she is taking it for a dream ride. Actually, after giving me a set of new birthday "bigs" for the back end I figured I better give her some quality time behind the wheel. I had to pry her out with a tire iron.


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