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steering wheel splines??

I am using a '68 chevy truck steering column on my project car. I would like to run a different steering wheel. I snagged a '58 T-bird item, but the splines are different. What are my options? It also appears that there are a bunch of different options in steering wheel splines. Thanks in advance, Rod

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If you're not in love with the T-bird wheel, sell it on ebay and buy an aftermarket wheel and adaptor.

If you are in love with the T-bird wheel, I don't know of any adaptors made for spline to spline. Maybe one of the more experienced members can give you direction.

So..... what would I consider doing? ..... Hmmm, I could bore out the wheel, make a splined plug and weld it into the wheel..... Hmmm, how would I hold the wheel in my mill to bore it without damaging the wheel???

I could EDM the correct spline into the wheel if the wheel spline were sufficiently small so as not to have one spline intersect the other. Hmmm....
How do I mount the wheel for conductivity and what will being submerged in oil do to it???

I could make a new column shaft with the wheel spline. Or, make a stub shaft for the column, cut off the old spline and weld on the new stub.
Hmmm.... why didn't I think of that first???
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If this is not a tilt column, just replace the GM shaft with a Ford shaft, and the wheel will fit. both shafts are the same diameter. Of course none of the turn signal or horn mechanism will line up, but that can be solved.
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I am using a '68 chevy truck steering column on my project car. I would like to run a different steering wheel. I snagged a '58 T-bird item, but the splines are different. What are my options? It also appears that there are a bunch of different options in steering wheel splines. Thanks in advance, Rod
Rod,

Go here and click the "arrow" button to download the catalog. First look at page 30 for your splines, then look at page 8 for your solution.

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the GM splines were all the same car truck van

all divisions of GM

60s 70s 80s 90s

and '50's-older i am unsure. but i have a few 50s chevies around here but never tried or checked the splines.


good luck
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HI guys, and thanks a lot for all the suggestions. I don't know how I'll go just yet but you've given me lots of options. Thanks again, Rod
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