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Old 01-21-2015, 03:07 AM
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Steering column?

I want a nice looking automatic on the column that I can install in my '48 Chevy. I will need all the linkages to hook up to my m-ll IFS. I have a 250 ci engine and TH350 transmission. My car is stripped to bare bones, even the dash panel is out so I don't know what to look for in the bone yard. If someone has built a 40's Chevy and replaced the steering column, I would be happy to hear about it.

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chevy van ?

Older chevy van columns are a popular swap. and speedway has lots of adaptor couplers, U joints for steering linkage,
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Is there someone who knows the measurements for this swap. As stated in my original post my car is stripped to an empty shell so I can not measure the correct length to look for in the bone yard,
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Is there someone who knows the measurements for this swap. As stated in my original post my car is stripped to an empty shell so I can not measure the correct length to look for in the bone yard,
Ur gonna have to figure that one out on ur own. Get the seats U plan to use set in the cab, I used a piece of 2" PVC pipe to figure out length and angle. Probably somewhere around 31" long.
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It's hard to beat a GM column from the '76 to '86 era from a truck or van. I'd also want to go a tilt column if possible, as they will really make a more comfortable fit for your seating. Around here I can find them easier on local craigslist or swap meet, and not fool with pulling them. The prices are in the $60-$100 range, depending on condition. I see them even cheaper without a key, but it costs too much to get them keyed, so I wont buy one without a key.
Later GM columns also work well, but aren't quite as clean looking. I put a '95 Camaro tilt column in my '63 Falcon, but it's got the wiper and lighting controls on the blinker handle, so a bit bulky looking. But still an option that's readily available for around $65-$75.
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If you can get the key cylinder out they're not hard to re-key. The same basic design was used for years depending on manufacturer, in other words, Chevy and Ford won't interchange, but the same style cylinders were used for years.
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Hi Al,
I just replaced my steering column in my '32 Highboy "show & no go" from GM to a beautiful aluminum Billet Specialties. Only to rid my car of the unsightly wires and plug-ins at my feet. I did a lot of looking and learning on this subject. There are really only three quality after market columns made in the US. Ididit, Flamming River, and Billet Specialties. IMHO do not be fooled into buying a cheap, chrome, tilt, column on E-Bay. The other members here are right on...GM salvaged columns fit and function great. Do a search in the archives. Although you are probably looking for automatic shift on the column, I still have my very good GM, 33.5", 1" linkage, black, tilt, floor shift, keyed column with anti-theft lock, emergency flasher & turn signals... FOR SALE which just might fit.

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If you can get the key cylinder out they're not hard to re-key. The same basic design was used for years depending on manufacturer, in other words, Chevy and Ford won't interchange, but the same style cylinders were used for years.
But you need a key to remove the cylinder, or it will require a locksmith to remove it. I got mine out, and even with the cylinder in his hand the locksmith charged me $35 to set the cylinder up, and make me two keys. I could have gotten another column for $20-$25 with a key in it, and saved time and money.
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you can get u joints and double D shaft here and all you need to connect whatever steering shaft you get to your MII rack.
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Thanks guy's, with this info I think I have a handle on it.

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I'd buy all the columns I could get at $25 per, key or no key. At the swaps on the west coast the're $200 on up.
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I'd buy all the columns I could get at $25 per, key or no key. At the swaps on the west coast the're $200 on up.
Must be the SW Coast. Sure don't get that here in the PNW.
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Hi Al,
I just replaced my steering column in my '32 Highboy "show & no go" from GM to a beautiful aluminum Billet Specialties. Only to rid my car of the unsightly wires and plug-ins at my feet. I did a lot of looking and learning on this subject. There are really only three quality after market columns made in the US. Ididit, Flamming River, and Billet Specialties. IMHO do not be fooled into buying a cheap, chrome, tilt, column on E-Bay. The other members here are right on...GM salvaged columns fit and function great. Do a search in the archives. Although you are probably looking for automatic shift on the column, I still have my very good GM, 33.5", 1" linkage, black, tilt, floor shift, keyed column with anti-theft lock, emergency flasher & turn signals... FOR SALE which just might fit.

Happy Hotrodding
Got a link for the Billet Specialties column? I just went to their site and they only show column accessories (drops, adapters, etc)...

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