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Old 09-12-2005, 05:35 PM
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steering column for 34 ford coupe

Just got back from Lake George, NY. After looking at about 25 different 34 ford coupes, I realized that the norm was that the steering columns were no wheres near the center of the drivers's seat. I'm not talking about a 10 degree tilt to the side. Some cars had steeing wheels that almost touched the door panel.. One guy told me that his was a kit from Outlaw and the placement of the column was pre set. (About 2 inches off center) What's going on? Any suggestions on how to prevent this. Are there kits out there that have worked for some of you and others to keep away from? Please don't tell me that off center is ok. That's a pack of nonsense.
2nd- Is there a tilt column out there that some of you have used that fits well, other that an aftermarket column?

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1932 .........not a 1934 but basically the same....
This is a 14 inch steering wheel......stock 32 to 34's used a larger wheel.

I always try to use a early 70's to late 70's Chevrolet/GMC van tilt steering column. That is what is in the photo of my 32. They are the right size and length IMHO. Also, no ugly key and they have a lighted P R N D D2 L indicator. Lots of steering joints available so you can hook it to whatever box you are using. Some have the neutral start swicth on the column ( later ones ) and some have it on the transmission....like mine.....

I prefer the cleaner look of the early ones...you can see the entire column in a Roadster.....

Some folks have the column all the way to the door so that the column will clear the engine on the firewall side. Proper planning can eliminate this....





Look closely and you can see that the column and the shifter clear my exhaust and the engine....and I have only one joint to the Vega steering....I did move the engine over about 3/4 of a inch....

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In my truck I moved the bottom of the steering column out about 2" and down an inch to clear the hemi exhaust but left the dash position in the stock location. Angling the column this way works to clear the engine and the difference at the steering wheel is imperceptible. Worked for me just as well on my pro street car.
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