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  1. JIML82
    Feb 7th, 12 07:03 AM - permalink
    What are you pulling apart? Steering column, power steering pump, steering gear, etc?

    BTW, I would much rather answer questions on the appropriate tech forum. I am not the only person with good information and ideas. Also, answers to your questions might very well help other owners.
  2. Toads69
    Feb 6th, 12 08:24 PM - permalink
    Hi Jim. I noticed you are online and was hoping you could check out my steering question. It is very apparent that you are the resident expert on these things and I have almost succumb to the fact that I am going to have to pull this apart...with the help of your papers of course. any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
  3. JIML82
    Dec 23rd, 08 08:09 PM - permalink
    Sorry I didn't see your message until today. Here is the paper.

    Both standard (non-adjustable) and tilt F-car steering columns from
    2nd generation vehicles (1970 up through the 1977 model year) can be adapted and installed into a 1969 F-car in the following manner:

    The intermediate steering shaft in the 2nd generation F-car connects to a one inch diameter steering column shaft that has serrations and a notch. Note, after the 1977 model year, the connection between the intermediate steering shaft and the steering column was changed to a double flatted shaft. So columns after 1977 will not fasten to the detachable flange and therefore will not interchange.

    1). First of all, disconnect your car battery.

    2). Disconnect and remove the bolt from the clamp and nut holding the pot coupling to the 2nd generation steering column. Remove the pot coupling and intermediate shaft from the steering column and discard them.

    3). The original 1969 steering column has a lower floor pan bracket that was made in two pieces and is bolted together. The 1970-77 steering column has a metal floor pan bracket that is spot welded in place on the column. You will need to use the adjustable 1969 bracket in place of the later welded design. Carefully grind off the spot welds and remove the bracket from the column. Loosely assemble the two piece bracket from your original column onto your 2nd generation column.

    4). The detachable lower flange is GM part number #7807052 and the pinch bolt is GM #7807271. The pinch bolt is still available from GM dealers but the flange is no longer listed as a GM service part. If you are lucky you may be able to still locate the flange on a dealer’s parts shelf. The flange may still be available from various Camaro suppliers. Note that the flange is very compact and is only 0.88 inches tall. (See attached picture.) Taller flanges have been used on Corvettes and other GM tilt column applications but may space your steering column too far rearward inside your driver compartment.

    5). The detachable lower flange 7807052 should easily assemble onto your 2nd generation column steering shaft. Orient the flange to the column shaft so that the pinch bolt passes easily right through the notch. Torque the pinch bolt to 25-30 ft-lbs.

    6). Attach electrical connectors and loosely assemble the steering column into the car. Remember, if you are going from a standard to a tilt steering column, you must rotate the body harness electrical connector 180 degrees where it assembles to the ignition switch.

    7). Attach the column flange to the flexible coupling on the steering gear. You should be able to reuse the nuts and lock washers from your original connection to attach the flange. The nuts have 5/16-24 UNF and 3/8-24 UNF threads. Torque both nuts to 20 ft-lbs.

    8). Loosely assemble the steering column into the car. With a column shift connect the PRNDL wire to the column. Attach the shifter linkage or the back drive rod to the column lower lever.

    9). It is very important that the steering column be assembled into the car so that it is aligned correctly to the steering gear. Also, the steering column alignment procedures and fastener tightening should be performed with the car sitting with its weight on the road wheels.
  4. aany001
    Dec 20th, 08 09:09 AM - permalink
    Hello Jim...I am a long time member over at pro and and stumbled across this thread about swapping in a 70-77 tilt column into a 69 camaro.I tried your link but it didn't work for me.I want to do this conversion and wanted to know what would be involved in this conversion.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Jan 4th, 19
11:56 AM - Madspeed quoted JIML82 in post Re: 68 tilt - turn signal return replacement
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