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Hot Rods I need ideas for a column drop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Mar 11, 2017.

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  1. I like this over what you can buy.
     
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  2. I've got a chrome mount that will bolt to the angled bracket attached to the bottom of the dash. It's exactly the same as the one you have now but it's about 1" shorter.

    It will bolt right up in 5 mins. Let me know if you want it.
     
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  3. David Gersic
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  4. Petejoe
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    Before making any decision. It's best to remove all mounts and be sure of the exact placement of the column position. As mentioned. You may have other issues to deal with.
     
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  5. captain scarlet
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  6. Pat Thompson
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    Make a new one out of 3/4" thick aluminum. Shorten the height and split on the column center line to bolt up from the bottom. Grind the top to the angle and shape of the dash and bolt it from the top.
     
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  7. Danny, check your Conversations.
     
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  8. coilover
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    Had to move the column up into the bottom of the dash so used a muffler clamp with some formed 18g tin welded to it to pretty things up.

    taxi6.jpg
     
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  9. ROADSTER1927
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    A model A engine connecting rod with out the babbit fit the column in my roadster. Then cut to fit. Mine is covered by the dash so that cool part does not show. Gary;)
     
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  10. 3quarter32
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    Made mine from a con rod out of a 60hp flathead. Not sure of opening size.
     
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  11. flynbrian48
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    Flathead connecting rod. Since this photo, I moved the drop back (to the new steel brace behind the dash), and up, moving the column, and the wheel towards the dash, and up. A dozen guys here can tell you the ID of the rod, but it's the same as the T'bird column.
    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1486497216.569609.jpg
     
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  12. grumpy32
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    hotrods_0090.jpg I used an old SBC LJ ally rod on an early Falcon column.. works ok

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  13. mine's definetely different alright.....an old lug wrench cut down, heated and bent to fit my offset, slanted needs. 34drop3.jpg 34drop.jpg
     
  14. Lots of great ideas. HRP
     
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  16. Blue One
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    I'd be inclined to build a copy of the Ididit Old school column drop in whatever size you need Danny. With a little thought you could make it split for easy installation to the column rather than un-split like this example .
    They are designed to be used for the small diameter Ididit old school column and I'm using one in my RPU.
    I like the clean simple design.
    OldSchoolColumnDrop_0350.jpg
     
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  17. laneracing
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  18. Jerrybigbird
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    1489334260405846338342.jpg I j 148933385699411165307.jpg 14893339138971325580480.jpg 1489333974081-434687145.jpg 76 dodge rv, jamboree , used the same colunm and it fit real well. Unfortunately i dont have a picture of it assembled. Column is 2 1/4 "
     
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  19. laneracing
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    I have used a aluminum big block rod in several cars i have built i have one in my willys coupe im doing Depending on the column size you us either end
     

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  20. Jerrybigbird
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    Hell of a good idea
     
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  21. The37Kid
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    The carpenter in me says take that mount apart and make a test piece out of plywood that fits your needs, then drill the new hole and trim the excess aluminum off. Bob
     
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  22. David Gersic
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    I like the look of that one.



    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  23. I used a 327 small journal rod with the bearing, worked great. Like others have said, I think you can work with what you have.
     
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  24. Thanks for all the creative ideas and suggestions,plenty of food for thought. HRP
     
  25. Danny, I have an F1 one in the garage if you can use it. I will take a photo if you want. Just let me know. Also lots on ebay. MarkB
     
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  26. Thanks Mark,Tom & Ron have offered to help me out with different mounts,I let you know if I decide to go this way. HRP
     
  27. I made a cover over my homemade steering column bracket in the style of the dashboard. 384669-1336162820-21ebac9e72dc98b0d03c2840a522cbca.jpg
     
  28. F-350Loui
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    image.jpeg This is a Model A, had to come up with something to cover the wiring out of the column. So I made a cover over the original column drop.
     
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  29. That drop along with the dash extension looks nice,it has a Zephyr look to it. HRP
     
  30. Alaska Jim
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    F-350Loui, where did you get the speedometer/multi-gauge set-up is that an after market piece? If so who makes it? If it is not aftermarket , where did you find it / what vehicle did it come from? It is similar to what I had in mind for my roadster project. I was not thinking of a console, but the one you made is VERY nice. any information you could share would be appreciated. Thank You.----Jim
     
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