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Old 07-26-2010, 03:48 AM
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Remove gear function from column?

I have a 1990 Chevy Astro steering column that I intend to use on my manual gear equipped hot rod.

How do I remove the gear stick, the "bump" on the column cover that the stick is attached to, and the gear bracket at the bottom of the column?

When I move the stick, the column cover moves with it and the bracket at the bottom also moves. I want to remove all these parts and make a new column cover, but how do I remove them? Do I have to take the whole column apart from the top, or is there an easier way?

Of course, I could just cut away the stick and the cover bump with the grinder and leave the rest in place, since nothing of it would be visible anyway.
But wouldn't such a solution make the rest of the gear parts in the column rattle around, since nothing would hold them in place anymore?

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20 years ago I did just what you suggest when I swapped a tilt column into a 1980 Buick Skylark with a floor shift. There was a gear selector on the tilt column that I didn't need so I pulled the lever, ground off the hump, patched the hole with some aluminum tape and bondo and 20 years later it's still working fine.
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20 years ago I did just what you suggest when I swapped a tilt column into a 1980 Buick Skylark with a floor shift. There was a gear selector on the tilt column that I didn't need so I pulled the lever, ground off the hump, patched the hole with some aluminum tape and bondo and 20 years later it's still working fine.
absolutely right... did a very similar mode myself.. good clean easy fix.

Will work to get rid of the ignition switch also, make sure you disable the steering wheel lock.
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