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Which steering column? Cleanest, plainest

I am trying to get my steering finished up on my 35 chevy master.
I have a MII with power steering on it. I want a stock look column with no switches, etc, but I do want a horn button. I thought of a couple of options:

1. Ues the stock column, cut the bottom and have it re splined. Can I do this? I would have to do sopme fix-up on my steering wheel as well.

2. Use a forklift column. They are plain, have provisions for a horn, and there are some pretty 30s looking 3-spoke steering whels for them.

Any other options?

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One of the members here swears by the Chevy van columns..........Speak up Deuce.
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I wanted the same "clean" look for my 55.5 Chevy truckrod. Same front suspension/power steering as yours. I used the original steering column, shortened it about a foot, added a lower bearing to stabilize it, and "resplined" the end of the column shaft with a grinder. I basically grinded a double-D to the end of the column to mate with the Flaming River u-joint. Fairly simple.

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One of the members here swears by the Chevy van columns..........Speak up Deuce.


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I use a Chevy/GMC van tilt whenever I can. If you want a column with a column shifter for automatics ... I believe these columns are the best suited ones I have found.



They are about the right length and are small. They have tilt if you want that ( available without it also ) and have a P R N D L2 L1 on the indicator. No key ... but does have turn signal function. Also uses the standard Chevrolet wheel spline so lots of aftermarket choices available for the steering wheel.

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I am kind of leaning toward the original column. I am trying to do the car so it looks, besides the wheels and engine, stock, or at least the mods will be seamless so that you can't tell what is different

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You can't go wrong with the stocker if you want clean and plain! I have a hard time with not having turn signals on the column though! I'm not a big fan of the van column indicator(sorry deuce) But the best part of street rodding is that there is no "wrong" set up,because you taylor it to your likes and dislikes! just make sure it is safe.
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Now I see why people like the van columns so much. Stupid question....How do you run a horn with the aftermarket wheels?Do you have to run a seperate switch or doers the whole wheel become the horn button.


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How do you run a horn with the aftermarket wheels?Do you have to run a seperate switch or doers the whole wheel become the horn button.


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MOST steering wheel installation kits have a provision for the horn ...




This is the one I used in the 32 roadster.

Different wheels or different columns requires different kits.

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I'm not a big fan of the van column indicator(sorry deuce)
No problem ...
Everyone one his or her thing.
I like them because I do not want a shifter in the floor, so a column shifter is must for me. IF you have a column shifter ... you need a indicator IMHO. My wife drives our street rods and also ... you MUST have a shift indicator to pass the NSRA safety 23 point inspection. LOOK in the lower right hand corner of the windshield and you will see the sticker on my 32.



You car must have a "Safety 23 sticker" to win a award from NSRA ... and NOT boasting BUT I have won several awards at different NSRA events.
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MOST steering wheel installation kits have a provision for the horn ...




This is the one I used in the 32 roadster.

Different wheels or different columns requires different kits.

Ok thanks Duece, I must have looked at the wheel wrong,I was in there for oilfilters and looked as I went by I thought thats a nice wheel....wait a minuite... How the heck do you run a horn with it??? Now I know.

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Ithink I am going to try a late 60's Jeep column. Cool steering wheel, tilt, no key, no PRNDL and its really skinny.
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EDITED ... getting off topic and no tech merit ... sorry guys ...


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Now LET'S get back on topic ... please ...
Funny jokes and comments belong in the Lounge

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O.K. sorry about that one, I could'nt resist! back to the topic, I have used the stock type columns in early ford applications by shortening them and adding a bearing or nylon bushing at the bottom, and pinning a u-joint and tacking it as well. (customers love the 39 ford type column, but since the horn wire passed through the steering shaft and was connected through the steering box, I have had to come up with some bizarre solutions. I have not had this problem with the early chevrolet columns but you do need to consider that turn signals horn and 4 way flashers are not available on the early/original columns, and adapters are scarce for them as well!)
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