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05-07-2012 04:07 PM
g&s restorod

I usually get a grant wheel adapter that fits on your column. make a plate out of pretty thick steel and drill it so that it matches adapter. find the exact center and weld the spline for the old wheel on to it keeping it as short as possible. the adapter kit comes with a steel cup that you use to hide the plate. bolt it together.....
05-07-2012 03:50 PM
Mutt's37Buick Been a while since I started this thread, but have some questions related to the steering column I ended up with.
Bought a donor car and will be using the tilt steering column from '95 Buick Roadmaster.
1) Does anyone know if there is an adapter available that will allow my '37 Roadmaster steering wheel to be used with it (see picture) ?
2) If not , then what are my options for a vintage looking steering wheel?
11-20-2011 01:34 PM
Mutt's37Buick Thanks for the info.
11-19-2011 08:55 PM
g&s restorod

I use a lot of steering out of 98-2001 camaros. A lot of those cars had floor shifters so they are clean and you can cut the housing down and re tack it whatever length you need. I also use the short ones out of 89-92 gm vans. they are just right for coupes and have shifter and indicator on them. also standard gm spline so you can either adapt or buy an adapter for virtually any steering wheel. I recently used a banjo wheel out of a mg on a 34 ford...It looked great! Both have standard d shafts on the end and it is easy to get hookup connectors also....
11-17-2011 09:59 AM
Mutt's37Buick Thanks for the advice.
1) Can I measure the old steering column in the vehicle, or do I need to remove?
2) Does anyone know how long the column should be for a 1937 Buick Roadmaster?
3) Are there tilt columns from 70's Chevy trucks that would work as well?
11-17-2011 05:36 AM
rocky freeman
gm steering column

I missed a deal on an early 70 s gm tilt with shift at Charlotte,,,,got off my butt,,found 2 caddy columns ,early 70s,,and they have the scope deal,,paid about the same for those,as the guy wanted for one at Charkotte,,,,,do I need 2,,,why not,,,seems to be the right length,will install in my 69 SS elcamino
11-16-2011 07:52 PM
Rod S.
Van Column

Make sure you check the length of the column if your going to use a van column! I picked one up from the junk yard but it was real long for my 55 Chevy second pickup with a nova sub frame. I shortened that column about 10 inches to make it work.
11-06-2011 07:47 AM
SSedan64 78-88 G-Body (Malibu, Monte Carlo, Regal, Grand Prix, Cutlass) would be a good donor, they're fairly cheap on some of those Forums/Sites., & other sites.
They come with Cruise, Tilt, Wiper/Washer and for OD/4-Speed Auto Trans as they all came with the 2004R Trans as an option or stock.

82/83-88 G-Body would have the OD shifter but, the Gear Indicator is in the Dash, not on the Column like the older 70's vehicles. It works of a small Cable from Column to Dash.
11-06-2011 04:39 AM
Originally Posted by Mutt's37Buick
Does anyone know if pre-70's vans have options of cruise control, dimmer on stalk, & window wash.
The early columns like mine do have cruise control sometimes.

BUT if you really want the dimmer on the stalk, window wash and cruise ... do will have to go with the later model, bulkier less
attractive ( to me ) column. A 80's model will also already have a key and a 4 speed automatic PRNDd3 d2 d1 indicator.
One like orge has. His looks like a decent fit in the 55/59 Chevy truck

They are a LOT easier to find and also a good bit less expensive to buy.
The larger, bulkier column will not look as large and out of place in a big old Buick as they would in a little small early Ford coupe. Might even be a better fit.

DEUCE .. Moderator
11-05-2011 10:08 AM
Mutt's37Buick Thanks all for the pictures and info.
1) Does anyone know if certain models used larger steering wheels.
2) If I use my orig Buick steering wheel (18") diameter are the turn signal stalks too short to reach?
I owned a 75 Chevy van it was 6 cyl 3spd with lots of torque & got 20 mpg in town.
2) Does anyone know if pre-70's vans have options of cruise control, dimmer on stalk, & window wash.
11-04-2011 12:14 PM
Old Dude Rules
'74 Buick Tilt Wheel

The middle 70's Van Columns are probably the best, but are disappearing fast. I have used them for last 25 years.
In my my '39 Chevy. Coupe, I installed a '74 Buick Riviera back in 1980, and removed the pin out of shifter, and installed a B & M Shifter.
11-04-2011 11:17 AM
Originally Posted by Mutt's37Buick
- Allows me to use a 5.3L Alum V8 from a Buick Rainier
- Automatic transimission
- Column Shift with tilt that looks like yours
- Keeps my original Buick steering wheel
The trans for a Buick Ranier is a 4spd floor shift.
I have heard there are kits that will adapt a column shift to a floor shift trans but I have not found one.
I believe what we have here is a failure to communicate.

My column is out of a Chevy Van. It is a tilt model. My transmission is a 4 speed 700R4 transmission.

Look at the shift arm on the column. I modified it to work on my coupe.

Then it is a simple matter to hook the linkage up.

There is a kit available from Kugel Komponents ... go here

As for using the original wheel ... I do not know.
They are a right good looking wheel.

11-04-2011 10:28 AM
Mutt's37Buick Ogre,
Thanks for the info. and pictures.
I'll take some pictures and do some research
11-04-2011 09:37 AM
ogre mutt
no column will ''easily connect'' to your trans without making linkage. it's one of those things you have to figure out. look at any column shift to get an idea of what's required. the shift arm on the column is fixed length and has a fixed travel path that coincides with the prndl.

you need transform that motion into the correct motion on the trans. this may require an intermediate shaft that you will have to fabricate. the length of any arm will define the amount of travel that the trans goes thru. you could figure it out mathamagically but it is easy just to fab up and adjust the length of the arms to get the right amount of motion.

that ebay column is rather proud of itself, $375??? i paid $35.

my linkage consists of a couple of levers, shafts, some 5/16 rod and part of a swivel caster off a creeper. cost me nothing except time.
11-04-2011 08:27 AM
Mutt's37Buick Deuce,
Actually I want a column shift that looks like yours.
I'm just tring to find the right combination of parts that:
- Allows me to use a 5.3L Alum V8 from a Buick Rainier
- Automatic transimission
- Column Shift with tilt that looks like yours
- Keeps my original Buick steering wheel
The trans for a Buick Ranier is a 4spd floor shift.
I have heard there are kits that will adapt a column shift to a floor shift trans but I have not found one.
1) Do you know where I can buy such a kit, or can it be made from salvage parts?
2) Alternatively, does anyone know if there is a column shift transmission that will easily connect to a 5.3L Buick Rainier V8?
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