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Old 05-03-2008, 08:06 PM
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Steering column switch 82 Dodge 150

Some of you might recall the 82 Dodge that a co-worker gave to me a couple of months ago---6cyl/4spd OD---BASE TRUCK
No power steering or brakes.

Today I went shopping for a tilt column and power steering (scored for less than a c-note), and a cloth bench seat. Also got an AM/FM stereo from the same truck .

Get home---install the power steering gearbox----the steering shaft is longer than the manual box AND the steering column is SHORTER than the manual column. No biggie---swap em both and all will be good, right??

WRONG.

The ignition switch is located on the side of the column like GM has been doing forever, and the switch on the manual column is located at or near the ignition lock. This would not be a problem IF this truck were an automatic trans---but alas it has a clutch and the clutch pedal needs to operate right where the ignition switch is located (why those bozos put it on the side and not the top is beyond me).

I can only come to the conclusion that Chrysler did not offer tilt with a manual trans truck.

So---I am considering removing the steering wheel lock pin and putting a dash mounted ignition switch in the truck.

Question----Anybody have a schematic for the Dodge switch??
This switch has a lot of wires and I have no idea what they do. If I had any idea I could attempt to hook this all up properly.

Also have a question about the stereo hookups
2 connectors---I think 8 pins each---anybody know what goes where.
I would assume that one of the connectors is speakers only.
what wires go to what speakers---have no idea

one of the connectors of 8 pins-would have--
Batt=memory
acc

what would the other six be for???

Bryan

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Well---no takers???

Power steering is in and working just fine.
Had to change the steering wheel as it was kind of goooooey
So--go looking for a wheel -- and guess what I found out.
A non tilt wheel will NOT work on a tilt column

A tilt column is shorter than a non tilt
(tried to connect power steering to the original column---steering shaft was 2" too long)

Gonna reconsider the dash switch (but am keeping it on the shelf)
If I can just figure out how to get the clutch/brake pedal pivot pin out, I can do some modifying of the clutch pedal (weld a plate to the backside and cut a "C" out of the pedal for switch clearance.

For the time being---I have extended the wire harness to the column switch and wrapped it around the steering column and will use a small torx driver to start it up. (have done this more than once on my chevy PU when the rack&rod inside the column broke.

Still looking for input tho.

Bryan
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The tilt steering column that you are referring to is called a Saginaw tilt column. It is the same column that is used in GM cars and trucks, as well as Jeep and chryco products with tilt column.

YES, you can modify the location of the ignition switch to a different location. If you take the switch off the column, you will see that it is attached by three screws that are weld-nutted to the outside column tube. By offsetting and lengthening or shortening the push/pull rod from the ignition LOCK to the ignition SWITCH, you can move it out of the way of the clutch pedal. The weld-nuts can be relocated to coincide with your new location and re-welded to the tube.

I have a wiring diagram for the Chryco switch if you need it.
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A diagram would be cool
I thought that switch liiked familiar.
I have had the switch out of my Chevy a couple of times for rack & rod replacement and was using an awl to sto start it til I got it fixed.

On my Chevy tho, the switch is mounted on top of the column shrouded by the pedal/steering column support.

That ol dodge is sure easier to manuver with the power steering
Might get the power brakes this weekend
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I was wondering if you still have the old manual steering box yet, and if you would want to sell it? Thanks
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