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Old 02-24-2004, 08:58 PM
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Steering Column

I have a 81 grand prix and I was thinking about changing my floor shift to the column. So i purchased a 84 steering column with the shift on the column and with the shift cable. If I uninstall my current steering column and I replace it with the new one will the only thing I have to do is cut a hole and run the cable to the transmission?

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I thought the column shifts had a linkage, not a cable?

And, you wouldn't need to drill a hole.
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Should it be simple?
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all you will need is the column, a linkage from a simmilar car, the frame bracket and the shift lever for the tranny. should take about 30 mins. to hook up once the column is in.
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How would I remove the floorshift and the console?

What do I need and How do I unistall the current steering column?

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Anybody know how to remove the center console in between the seats?
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a philips head screw driver should be everything youŽd need. but it should be able to figure it out as you dig in..
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I dont know where to begin to remove the center console?
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Before you rip the console apart, maybe you should just disconnect the shift from the transmission. Change out the column / connect it to the transmission and see if it is what you really want. The column will have a wire harness connector up under the dash. Find it and unplug it. In the engine compartment you will find the bottom of the column and attached to it a swivel unit. Remove it. At the firewall you will find a holding bracket. Loosen it so the column can be pulled back. Under the dash you will find another bracket holding the column near the top. Loosen it and the column should pull right out. Those are the basic steps. Because you are changing to a column shift the hole in the firewall may need to be larger. The new column should have come with its mounting brackets, so you should have an idea of how much bigger the unit is. Each car is a little different. If that seems confusing, maybe you should get some help from a friend. Oh, most screws for the console are hidden under the ash tray / tape holder / change box. Some accessory that can be lifted out. Take a good look. You can find them.

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Well all the wiring matches up and my car already had a shift rod ,but my problem is going to be on the new steering column I recieved the pole looking thing at the end where you bolt the other end is going to be to short should the part thats in my car that hooks to the steering pump should that end be able to extend so I can bolt the steering column end?

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I looked under my hood and theres already a shift rod connected to the old steering column is it possible for me to use that shift rod with the new column?
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Explain what you mean by too short? The column stick through the firewall into the engine compartment? At the end of the column is a connector and that connects to a rod that is too short? If you look down at the steering BOX you should see a coupling with a rag flex. From that coupling there should be a rod that goes up to the column. Some times the rod connects to another swivel and then to the column. Rods can be replaced with longer ones. You just buy longer ones and trim with a hack saw.

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SHould the swivel that the steering column connects to should that be able to extend so I can connect the new steering column?
Oh yea where can I get the rods from autozone?
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Not the bottom of this column. You can see the linkage to the transmission. This one is a spline, so he would attach a swivel with spline connector. The other half of the swivel would be rod and go down to the steering box. Hope this helps..

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Ok im about finish i done hooked up everything except for the swivel unit at first it was to short so how I got the steering column end rod to extend after I took the shaft off the end of the gear the only problem im having now is getting one end on the gear
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