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Old 08-09-2005, 06:37 PM
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Steering Column Suggestions needed for 49 Chev PU

In an attempt to possibly have some $$$ for fuel for my winter fishing forays, I need suggestions of what columns work besides Ididit and Flaming River in the following configuration:
49 Chev PU 3600
SB Chev
350 or 400 th (have not made up mind yet
Fatman MII front suspension, power steering, swaybar, ford rotor/calip.
Frame mounted power brake system.

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The column of choice in my area is the Chevy/GMC van tilt column. Early to late 70's models. They have no key, are small, have the P R N D d2 L on a lighted selector, on the column. The early ones have a neutral start switch on the transmission and the later ones will have them on the column.

I have bought them for as low as $30 and seen them sell for as much as $200. I have one in my 32 Roadster, have one for my 32 3W coupe and a Few spares.......


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I like to use the original column so I can use those great ole big steering wheels!!! All you have to do is cut the 3/4" (usually) shaft where it enters the original box, find a bearing that will just fit the shaft and the column tube and install where the column comes thru the floor/firewall(cut the tube about 2 inches past the floor/firewall so you can fabricate an anchor plate to hold the column rigid. Now use Borgenson type u joints to make the connections to the R&P gear box.

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The GM swap is the way to go. In fact that is all a Flaming River or IdidIt is with a $billet price tag$. Here (and the next page) is a how to in my journal. I even adapted the stock AD steering wheel and shift lever to the tilt column to keep the nostalgic look.

Final product looks like this. Dirt cheap if you DIY w/ all the benefits of a new column.

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the 70's truck van options is defintly a way to go. A guy at my work has a 49 3600 with a 350 lowered all sorts of goodies. For his he used a corvette colome, it has tilt and teliscoping feature. His dash is also all digital and the gear selector is a lokar floor mount over the th350. sweet lookn truck, i like it a lot
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I used a 89 Chevy van w/suto shifter on column.
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I used an early Chevelle tilt column with a hand fabricated mount in my "still under construction" '53. Fit very well and cost me $40 at a swap meet.

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I used a 1991 s-10 in my 53. works great.
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