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Old 01-26-2020, 02:51 PM
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Howdy to you Mustang guys. Has any of you installed a junkyard tilt column in a 65 MUSTANG ? What is the best unit to go find ? The Winters are long up here in Michigan, and will be spring before the snow is gone and I can go junking. I thought to get a jump on my project by doing some research. Any ideas........ Jerry

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It's been my experience that old junkyard steering columns are worn out from people using the wheel to pull themselves into the car. A new column from Flaming River or Ididit is a little pricey but quality products. Gearhead sells a column for half the price BUT not the quality...your call.
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I say go with a column from IDIDT.

I installed one in my coupe in 1999,no issues ever.

money well spent in my opinion.......
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I have , in the past , cut columns and welded them back together to get what I want on top and bottom . Not a big deal if you can weld ..
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Tilt steering column

Howdy, Thanks for the input. I may need to go that route, but I was hoping to build something in my garage. I have made just about everything else on this car. Thanks, Jerry
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Howdy to you Mustang guys. Has any of you installed a junkyard tilt column in a 65 MUSTANG ? What is the best unit to go find ? The Winters are long up here in Michigan, and will be spring before the snow is gone and I can go junking. I thought to get a jump on my project by doing some research. Any ideas........ Jerry
You might want to check this out: https://www.vintage-mustang.com/thre...my-65.1072250/ You will have to do some measuring ("measure twice,cut once") since your '65 has the solid shaft steering box aka The death spear" so be sure to get the donors's rag joint assembly as well.
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Thanks for the info, I,ll go take a look...Jerry
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I did some research and found not a lot. It seems I need to cut the steering main shaft and weld in a "D" piece to get the two shafts to mate up or have the shaft machined to hook up. If I need all this, I might as well buy a pre made column and go to a rack & pinion,all machining will be done. I haven't decided what to do....... Jerry
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I did some research and found not a lot. It seems I need to cut the steering main shaft and weld in a "D" piece to get the two shafts to mate up or have the shaft machined to hook up. If I need all this, I might as well buy a pre made column and go to a rack & pinion,all machining will be done. I haven't decided what to do....... Jerry
A hack saw will cut the steering shaft, and you can make the flats for the DD connection with a file in about 20 minutes. I have done way more than one that way. Borgesen makes a DD ujoint with a built in damper that works good.

I would look for a 70s Ford Van tilt column. It will have to be shortened, but it looks pretty much like the Mustang column. And the Mustang steering wheel will fit it.
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Thanks for directing my search in a different direction . I can sure do the "D" joint, now I need to look for the column. Thanks, Jerry
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Borgesen .......... for sure

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I have a '64 Buick tilt in my '36 roadster and another one in my '53. The good thong about the pre-69 columns is they have no key switch and they are about 2” in diameter. They are getting scRce but can still be found.

If you come up with one that has the shift handle on it, they van easily be removed and the boss ground off and filled.

This is the column I put together for the '53.

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Hi John, That column looks like what I need. Just like my Mustang. You said 54 Buick....? I'll go on the hunt. Thanks a bunch, Jerry
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Hi John, That column looks like what I need. Just like my Mustang. You said 54 Buick....? I'll go on the hunt. Thanks a bunch, Jerry
'64 Jerry. Any GM tilt column 64-69 should work for you unless it is a tilt telescopic or some other odd ball.

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Good Morning John
Looks like My choices are getting larger. I'll see what I can find. Jerry
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