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Old 09-13-2011, 12:40 PM
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Loose Steering Column With a Werid Twist

I was helping my buddy tear down his tilt steering column tonight, in his 81 Chevy pickup. The column was so loose that when he would put it in park, the key switch would rotate to the 12 o'clock position.

We got the column torn down to the infamous four bolts that are usually loose, but found out they were not loose. After scratching our heads for awhile, we found what looks like a break in the metal piece that the bolts screw into.

I have fixed quite a few of these over the years, but have never run into this problem. I am amusing the best thing for him to do is find another column in a bone yard? Has anyone else had this problem? I have also included a picture of what we are looking at.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:08 PM
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looks like another column is in order....moving to general rodding tech..

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Old 09-14-2011, 10:48 AM
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We are looking for a different column, but it is getting harder to find these trucks in the bone yards. That and the price of steel is around $200.00 a ton, so everyone is crushing everything that is old heavy and has lots of steel in it.
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Try www.car-part.com that is the online wrecking yard interchange and someone may have a suitable part for you..

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Remember to look for GMC's, same column. Probably the same on Blazers and Suburbans. Motorhomes and vans might have the same column also. if it's a little too short or a little too long, take the patient to surgery.
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Vans are not the same. If it is the ends of the tube that are torn out, I have taken those apart and welded them back into shape (with lots of die grinder work) A good column would be easier. Yep, lots of those old trucks getting crushed, I just hauled one in last week. Parts prices are soft on gas guzzlers and iron prices high. It brought over $500 across the scale, not worth the time to nickel and dime parts from. Good luck finding one. Maybe cruise the back alleys and trailer courts, every wannabe kid mechanic has tore apart an old chevy pickup or camero and few ever get reassembled.
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