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Old 08-04-2003, 02:52 AM   #1
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Neutral saftey on van column

Just moved neutral saftey on my van column and thought I'd post what it took.I got a 68-72 column at swap meet today so I finally had a template to go by.Needed air cutoff tool , dremel cutoff tool, magnet,and 9/64" drill bit
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:55 AM   #2
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I first drew center line from top of column tube to the notch at bottom of shift mech. Then measured up 5 1/2" from notch in shift mechinism for the bottom end of neutral notch.
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:57 AM   #3
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Next drew 5/8" wide lines and 1 1/16" long in each direction from center line
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:59 AM   #4
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Used a regular air cutoff tool to cut out the hole . Didn't have to worry about the lenght of lines to much as the switch hides the overlap.
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Old 08-04-2003, 03:01 AM   #5
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Next I marked off the inside slot. I found it to be just a 1/16" off the center line, The full 5/8" of your first cut and 3/8" or slightly wider for the tang of the switch to fit in
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Old 08-04-2003, 03:04 AM   #6
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I used cutoff tool for the perpendicular cuts but had to use a dremel cutoff wheel to get down into the tube for the straight cuts. I found my dremel wheel was just alittle large to go down in but after grinding for a few seconds the wheel shrinks down enugh to get in.
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Old 08-04-2003, 03:11 AM   #7
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I used a small magnet to pickup any filings that fell in (not sure if thats a concern or not. Once the inner hole was cut I just set the switch in and Drilled 2 9/64" holes for the switch in the center of the elongated switch holes and bolted it back down. The colmn I got today was an original tilt and thats where I got the 5 1/2" measurement from. I have not got it mounted in the truck yet but its now the same as a factory tilt as far as location so don't know why it wouldn't fit.

I just posted this cause I have been setting on my column and thought maybe some of this info could help someone else
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What about the old safety switch hole. Do you leave it open or close it up? Or does it really make a difference?
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Old 08-20-2005, 01:40 PM   #9
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I cover them with electrical tape or leave them open, either way.
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