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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
current column is a 81 gm style 35" long to the original manual steering box
I would like to convert it to the Toyota 4x4 power steering box this would
involve shortening the column ~6" does anyone know of a 30" column that is
readily available at a junk yard that has column shift & key? because if i
could avoid having to cut & weld a column that would be nice. the other
option is $500 for an ididit style column..
John
56 F100 in various states of dis-repair
 
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"john" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> current column is a 81 gm style 35" long to the original manual

steering box
> I would like to convert it to the Toyota 4x4 power steering box this

would
> involve shortening the column ~6" does anyone know of a 30" column

that is
> readily available at a junk yard that has column shift & key?

because if i
> could avoid having to cut & weld a column that would be nice. the

other
> option is $500 for an ididit style column..
> John
> 56 F100 in various states of dis-repair
>


The easiest way to shorten the column is at the collapsing collar.
This how I shortened
a column out of a 72 Olds Delta 88 to fit a 75 Vega while stationed in
Germany eons ago.
doesn't require removing the whole column, just from where the shaft
clamps at the column housing adjacent to the fire wall and then undue
the rag joint at the gear box. Heat the collar
area up, it uses a "plastic" to hold together, pull it apart when it
melts. Install the gear box, measure the difference and then cut that
from the upper end of the lower piece, assemble in place and spot
wield in two places. You want enough holding power to keep it from
coming apart, but you want the wields to snap if you get hit so the
column will collapse. Its held like that for almost 30 years with no
problems.

Whitelightning
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
"Whitelightning" <
> The easiest way to shorten the column is at the collapsing collar.
> This how I shortened

<snip for brevity>
> from the upper end of the lower piece, assemble in place and spot
> wield in two places. You want enough holding power to keep it from
> coming apart, but you want the wields to snap if you get hit so the
> column will collapse. Its held like that for almost 30 years with no
> problems.
>
> Whitelightning


thanks for the spot weld tip, the column is at a very
steep up down angle right now and I was trying to figure
out a nice breaking/crush point.
John
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"I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work." - Thomas Edison
 
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"john" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> thanks for the spot weld tip, the column is at a very
> steep up down angle right now and I was trying to figure
> out a nice breaking/crush point.
> John
> --
> "I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work." - Thomas

Edison
>
>

Gesh I am getting old, when you cut it to size, you cut off from the
end that goes
into the other end, does that make sense? The smaller diameter end.

Whitelightning
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
"Whitelightning" <w
> "john" <jo
>> thanks for the spot weld tip, the column is at a very
>> steep up down angle right now and I was trying to figure
>> out a nice breaking/crush point.
>> John
>> --
>> "I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work." - Thomas

> Edison
>>
>>

> Gesh I am getting old, when you cut it to size, you cut off from the
> end that goes
> into the other end, does that make sense? The smaller diameter end.
>
> Whitelightning
>

no doesn't make sense?
but i have fire & beer thus i can fix anything
John
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