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Steering column length help

Hello, I am getting ready to order the steering column for my 48 chevy sedan. I have a Mll in it with a manual rack and I will be using the stock seat. Does anybody have any tips for measuring the length? I measured about 3'' through the firewall and sat on the seat and looked at it where I thought it would be comfortable. To me it looked like a 32'' column would be the best. I think Im going with an ididit tilt style. Any help would be great! Thank you.

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Use a broom stick and a cardboard cutout of the steering wheel. Sit in the seat and play with the location until it feels comfortable. Have another person mark the end of the brromstick at the point the broomstick intersects the steering shaft or steering box.

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Some of the older cars used a steering drop bracket that mounts to the dashboard to hold up the steering column. I made an error and measured my steering column without considering the angle of the steering column and drop column bracket length. It wasn't a major issue, but it did make a difference on the length of the column and what felt comfortable. I used a 1.5 inch drop which required my steering to be an inch longer. With a 3-5 inch drop, a shorter column would of been nice and not jabbed me in the stomach .
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