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Old 03-15-2019, 04:45 PM   #1
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Steereing column length

I'm going to replace the crappy tilt column in my 64 C-10.
The column is an automatic tilt column from an unknown GM donor.
The automatic shifter is sloppy, and the ignition switch is sloppy as well.

I don't want to use a column from a 70's van, and can't afford an ididit, or flaming river direct fit column.

I would like to use a universal column, what would be the best length to buy ??


Has anyone used a universal column, if so what length.

Thanks
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: Steereing column length

Why not a van? They are perfect swaps for our trucks.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:52 PM   #3
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Re: Steereing column length

I had bought a Chinese Import aftermarket Chrome Column..... NEVER EVER DO THAT. Mine broke internally, the universal joint in the tilt portion is Cheap garbage Plastic. it disintegrated before i even had the truck on the road. I ended up fininding a 72 Van Column at the swap meet. If your going to buy aftermarket buy flaming river or IDIDIT. only ones i would trust.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #4
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Why not a van? They are perfect swaps for our trucks.
I know about the van column, I have looked for over a year, no luck.
Do you know of one for sale ??
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:04 PM   #5
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I had bought a Chinese Import aftermarket Chrome Column..... NEVER EVER DO THAT. Mine broke internally, the universal joint in the tilt portion is Cheap garbage Plastic. it disintegrated before i even had the truck on the road. I ended up fininding a 72 Van Column at the swap meet. If your going to buy aftermarket buy flaming river or IDIDIT. only ones i would trust.
Thanks for the advice, anyone know what length I need ?
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:45 PM   #6
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https://www.partsmarket.com/cars/Che...n/tilt%20wheel
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:47 PM   #7
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Kev’s classics used to rebuild them. He may have some if he is still around
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Have you ever bought anything off that website? Seems scetchy and promising at the same time
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:34 AM   #9
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Re: Steereing column length

I got lucky on my 72 Van tilt. I bought it on eBay for $119.00. I was the only bidder & the tilt PRND tilt indicator was broken also the clear plastic PRND piece looked bad (both available reproduction and fairly cheap) but this was about 10 years ago.

I did find these on eBay though:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/67-72-Chevy...0AAOSwoW1ceZkK

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Us...sAAOSwZddcP2L8

Not exactly $119.00 delivered but less than a Chinese knock off and a heck of a lot less than a Flaming River or Ididit
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Have you ever bought anything off that website? Seems scetchy and promising at the same time
No sir, I havenít. I was just googling...
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:34 AM   #11
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Re: Steereing column length

A van column is the way to go. Easy to adapt by using a collapsible intermediate shaft from a later Chevy truck. This keeps it all GM
Aftermarket columns may be OK, but parts might be an issue.
Here's a tip for you, go find a mini home or motor home on a GM chassis. Most will have a tilt column which is nearly identical to the van. These are fairly common, I know of several in my area.
I've adapted van columns to many other vehicles over 20+ years.
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