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Old 07-23-2004, 04:43 PM
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Steering wheel column length for 1941

I was just curious, I was planning on putting a Ididit steering column in and was wondering if anyone a) put one in a 1941 GM car(mine is a buick but I do not see a big difference in many of those models for that item) and what size was it? I measured and it looked to me that a 30 might be too long. b) what other car might I get a donor column from? Thanks

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There really isnt a right or wrong length. Mount your seats first. Sit in the car and hold the steering wheel where it is most comfortable for your, then have someone measure the length of the column. Some people like their steering wheels close to them, some like them farther away.

I just finished an interior in a car that the steering wheel was in the most akward position for me. But the customer likes the steering wheel low and damn near in his lap.
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kristkustoms is right on. It is purely a matter of personal choice. There are however some general guidelines. There should be at least 2" of column showing through the firewall in to the engine compartment. If I were you I would fab up a wooden dowel or broomstick of appropriate length. Cut out a cardboard disc the size of the steering wheel you intend to use and mount it to one end of the broomstick. Pass this through the firewall, sit in the seat and adjust the length in and out until you are comfortable. Once the most comfortable position is decided upon mark the lower end of the broomstick about 2" past the firewall on the engine side. remove the broomstick, measue it's length and you have the approx length you need in a new column.

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