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Whatis a good method to determine locate the steering column goes through the toe board /floor ? This is 40s truck, I,m talking height or column angle.
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When I did mine, I sat in the cabin and figured out what the most conformable driving position.

The next step was to check out what reality determined, then adjust from there to get a happy medium.

Reality being access angles to the steering box, hopefully you have the block and headers in the frame. That will be the biggest obstacle to over come. Keep in mind the U joint angle you want that as straight on as allowable.


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Mounting column

Greg has it right. First, look at your everyday driver and set the seat where it's in the same place in relation to the pedals then locate the steering wheel just like in the daily driver. The engine and headers must be in the vehicle for the next step. Now you must connect the steering wheel, floorboard and steering input shaft on the front end. This is not going to be a straight line but the hole in the floorboard will need to be tweeked so that the angles are minimal and miss the headers. I sometimes use PVC pipe to mock things up.
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Also, don't forget to figure in the diameter of your planned steering wheel. For my '37, I used a store-bought "lazy- susan" piece, (approximately 14" OD) screwed to a 3/4" dowel, as has been suggested. For the "drop" distance, you can use wire, cord, etc. to find a comfortable angle; 37 1/2 degrees has been suggested often.
Here are some links that should help:

Street Rod Steering Made Simple - Hot Rod Network

Steering Wheel & Column Positioning Tool

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..., look at your everyday driver and set the seat where it's in the same place in relation to the pedals then locate the steering wheel just like in the daily driver....
using that math i'd be sitting in the bed of my 58 and my 58 cab is 'uge compared to a 40s truck
unless your a munchkin old trucks are all about compromise
a 40s truck with v8 may need the column offset to the left to clear the headers
legroom is at a premium, as is kneeroom, headroom and last but not least buttroom
my 58 had a 2'' stock column drop that i eliminated to make the column more vertical
tilt wheel allows me to bring the wheel down, newer wheels are typically smaller than stock

a lot depends on your needs and the truck
install your seat and hold the column in with wire ties and bailing wire if needed

stock column location for a 55-59 chevy truck



vs my 58 chevy truk
the column comes thru the firewall in same location, but closer to the dash
this also allowed me to raise the seat 2'' for extra legroom



my shaved bezel to get it close

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shorten column

A lot of good information that's been posted thanks for the interest!
Tried to post a picture will work on that,
Column I have has a splined end also is man. like a tube ofOD Is 1" X1/2' ID.
tTube/shaft does slide/ collapse into outer tube, was mentioned in earlier post ,
Larry
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