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Old 01-12-2019, 07:19 PM   #1
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1974 Sliding steering column forward

Looking for a little extra space between seat and steering wheel. The steering column in the picture is from an 1986 truck with tilt that was modified to fit the 1974.

Wondering if I can get 3" by sliding more of the column thru the firewall and shortening the intermediate shaft. I think the means I'd need some sort of pinch clamp to replace the brace that the column mounts to now.

Any do this and have some tips?


Here is my mocked up cab layout. I'm 6'3" and the current position is certainly doable but getting a bit more room would be great. Also the height of the seat can be lowered about 1". I'll probably do that shortly also as it will help too.

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Old 01-12-2019, 07:42 PM   #2
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Re: 1974 Sliding steering column forward

problem is you would be making the wheel sit closer to the seat edge pinching your legs off .
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:41 PM   #3
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Re: 1974 Sliding steering column forward

I shortened mine 2". I lost the reverse switch by doing so. There was a thread on here at one time having to do with this. I will look for it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:50 PM   #4
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Re: 1974 Sliding steering column forward

Try this link, http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...58#post5230758
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:39 PM   #5
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Re: 1974 Sliding steering column forward

Looks easy enough to get almost 2"!

I already re-sized the intermidiate shaft and used 2 roll pins which will punch out easy. I also have a floor shift and tilt so this should be mint.

Feels like I can punch out the roll pins, remove the bolts to the dash bracket and push the Column in until the forward colum nut lines up with the back bracket bolt hole and bolt it up. Then I can redrill the steering shaft for new roll pins.

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