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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 10, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Steering column?

I've recently converted my '69 from a column shift car to a center column shift. I still have the original steering column in with the annoying shifter/neutral switch. What are other people doing to get rid of this? I'm not to concerned with moving the neutral switch, but I would like to get rid of the column or the sleeve and possibly replace it? Any suggestions/ideas please! Thanks
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 10, 12:44 AM
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Re: Steering column?

replace the whole hub or just remove the shifter arm from the column?
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Re: Steering column?

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replace the whole hub or just remove the shifter arm from the column?
I've removed the shifter arm, but don't like how the column still turns/looks.
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Re: Steering column?

Column will always turn because thats where the neutral safety switch iand backup light siwtches are mounted, you just won't notice it as much once you get rid of the old pivot for the shifter arm. Column sleeve rotates on all floor shifted automatic cars, thats wht the shift linkage under the car is there for, so GM didn't have to move the swithes around when someone ordered a console, and thats why alot of cars either don't have backup lamps, or neutral safety switches becuae they removed the linkage for header clearance.

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Re: Steering column?

Floor shift non-tilt columns aren't terribly expensive. The tilt columns bring good money.

FWIW - In 69 (don't know about 68) the factory console shifted automatics had the backup light/neutral safety switch mounted on the horseshoe shifter, not on the column. So it shouldn't be too tough to make all that work. On the automatic trans console cars, the linkage to the column was only for the ignition lockout. (the deal that makes you put it in PARK before you can remove the key)


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Floor shift non-tilt columns aren't terribly expensive. The tilt columns bring good money.

FWIW - In 69 (don't know about 68) the factory console shifted automatics had the backup light/neutral safety switch mounted on the horseshoe shifter, not on the column. So it shouldn't be too tough to make all that work. On the automatic trans console cars, the linkage to the column was only for the ignition lockout. (the deal that makes you put it in PARK before you can remove the key)
Any good suggestions for a floor shift tilt column?
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Re: Steering column?

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Floor shift non-tilt columns aren't terribly expensive. The tilt columns bring good money.

FWIW - In 69 (don't know about 68) the factory console shifted automatics had the backup light/neutral safety switch mounted on the horseshoe shifter, not on the column. So it shouldn't be too tough to make all that work. On the automatic trans console cars, the linkage to the column was only for the ignition lockout. (the deal that makes you put it in PARK before you can remove the key)
Also, has anyone moved the backup light/neutral switch to the center console horseshoe shifter? It's an automatic trans car, what all does it take?
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Re: Steering column?

Sounds good but needs to turn to get the keyout, 68 has the S/N on the shifter in console, or the bottom of the column, 69 has key in a awkard place.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 10, 01:57 PM
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Re: Steering column?

Just pulled my column shift out and got a fl shift tilt from Wayne at GM columns. The tilt was about 500 though. A nice rebuilt fl shift non-tilt is much less. The tilts are getting harder to find I guess.

My sons 69 chevelle has the same problem as yours. He pulled the shifter arm off and just left it that way. After a while you dont notice the chrome on the hub. But make sure its always in the park position or it wont start. Its ok for a while but at some point he wants to change the column out. (and get a tilt when he has the extra cash)

is there such a thing as extra cash??!!
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Re: Steering column?

I remember having a column shift that I converted to floor shift (4 speed). I used the mount from the arm as a place to mount my tach. Its was a hotrod but I still mount my tach on the column, I just like that look I guess.


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