Russ, I'll bet what you said about the lower column bearing was the problem. I just put a rebuilt 3 turn lock to lock ps box in my 66 Chevy. When I seperated the rag joint, the end of the column shaft must have had 1/2 to 3/4 inches of side play. Lower column bearing totaly shot. The only reason I never knew it was the rag joint holding everything in alignment. If there were 2 universals and a shaft on that column it would have been flopping around like a fish out of water. Which brings up an interesting point. The lower column bearing has alot more stress on it when used in a 2 u-joint setup. Does anyone know if this bearing can suffer a total immediate breakdown? I'd hate to think what would happen if that column bearing ( on the GM column in my 38 ) went bad while I was driving. I gonna have to think about adding a support bearing to my 38 just to take the stress off that lower column bearing. It's really amazing where these disscussions can lead to sometimes.