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Old 12-06-2008, 04:59 PM
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i have a 65 buick skylark, with an auto on the column, non tilt. a friend just sold me a automatic floor shift console setup, and i just found a tilt colum in a 65 riveara in a salvage yard, and i am wondering if it will fit in my car.

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The Riviera will probably have a column all to itself, but I am sure it would not be too difficult to make it work.

Check the overall length of the column and steering shaft to be sure.

Yer Buick's column and shaft are for all practical purposes is one piece.
I am pretty sure the Riviera's column and steering shaft will be 2 pieces.
(this is for assembly purposes---tilts load from the top and standards load from the bottom)

Might be a difference in turn signal connectors as well---dunno.

If it cannot be made to work----Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet A-body cars are essentially the same, so any Tempest, Skylark, Chevelle would work.

64/5 are the same animal
66 might work---should work---as 64-67 are basically the same cars.
67 is a completely different animal due to the industry wide collapsible columns----they are fatter and mount way different the the earlier models.

Long ago, I changed a column from a Buick LeSabre (67-68??) to a 67 Pontiac Bonneville----this was not without headaches, but was doable.
Biggest issue on that was the column shift indicator was different between the two cars----going with a floor shift, you won't have that problem.
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Hi: I'm going to move your thread to Suspension-Brakes-Steering. You'll get more answers there.


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My brother has a 66 GTO he has owned since the early 70's and I have been looking for a bolt in tilt for it for years. A factory correct bolt in will have to come from a 64/65/66 Skylark, Lemans, Cutlass or Chevelle. Like already stated the 67 is a way different column.

other columns can be made to work ... but for a correct as factory installed tilt ... that's our only options.

He wants to keep the GTO correct so no modified or Flaming River tilts for brother ...

The photo is from the early 70's ... right after he got ...
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well, i went back and me and my dad got the colum, were not really shore how well it will fit, but the yard owner told me "$5.00 and its yours!" so i could not pass it up. deuce, the GTO looks stunning. i can understand wanting a factory correct colum, especailly for a butifull car like that, im not as worried about correctness, more about being able to swing my 6'3'' frame under the wheel thanks for all the help, guys
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