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Technical Steering column reviews?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Closenough, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Closenough
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 12


    Looking for a quality steering column at an affordable price .. Please share your experiences.
  2. I got a Stude column that I may not be using. :D
  3. I always go with the 80s GM tilt column. Has the ubiquitous wiring schedule, common as dirt, dirt cheap, several lengths, all wear parts still available, fairly easy to work on. You invariably have to tear it apart and tighten the loose head screws but that is really easy to do.
  4. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,683

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Depending on your transmission choice, either '32 or '40 Ford. I think that covers all reasonable eventualities.
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  5. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,510

    from New York

    If it's aftermarket you are looking for, you can't beat ididit. Great people and service!
  6. Flaming River also makes a good one. Either of these two are good choices.

    I don't usually look in that direction for my cars because I am pretty low rent but I have installed them in other cars with good success.
  7. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,753

    from Ok

    Flaming River in two of mine. Nice product.
  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,933


    How could you forget the F-1?
  9. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 5,972

    from Idaho

    I like the '54 Chevrolet with a rag joint added to the bottom.
  10. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 1,807

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Happy with my Flaming River, get through summit, best deal, free shipping.
  11. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,677


    I like the 56 chevy column. I usually cut off and fill the shifter hole, too.
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  12. OzyRodder
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279


    If you do a search, the NZ Govt? Did testing on all the aftermarket columns and it lists which ones failed due to poor manufacturing or engineering standards.

    I only use original ford columns
  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,677


    The best part is we have no idea what kind of car he's working on, so we can suggest anything.
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  14. What? that takes all the fun out of it.
  15. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,601


    1-1/2" exhaust tubing, two wheelbarrow bearings, one split-lock collar, and the 3/4" inner shaft from whatever is in the yard, and will take a cool looking steering wheel.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2016
  16. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,217

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I used and like a late 60's Chevy pickup column from a 4 speed farm truck. Nice looking teardrop upper head and good parts support from the truck restorer catalogs. Can be easily shortened to fit.

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  17. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,626

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    ididit and flaming river videos on you tube.
  18. yeah, what are you working on?
  19. For my Model A, I just built my own from a bit of machined Delrin as a bushing, a piece of exhaust tubing and a swaged piece of the same tubing to match the flange of the chosen steering wheel. It really is not that difficult a job.


    connected to a '56 F-100 steering box, but it could used with a vega style box by adding a a lower bushing and U-joint.
    Sorry the photo of the Delron bushing could not be found, but it is simply slipped into the upper end of the column and held in place with a set screw.
    A typical Turnmaster style aftermarket turn signal switch is used bolted on, and the ignition switch is on the dash switch panel.
    It all looks traditional to me. I just don't like the look of a GM tilt column on an early hot rod.
  20. woodhawg
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,014

    1. S.F.C.C.

    Used a Speedway Motors Nostalgia Steel Steering Column for less than $90 plus I can remove the steering wheel at night.
  21. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 485

    Frank Carey

    I used a column from a 1970s Jeep. Made by GM for Jeep so internals are all GM. Has illuminated shift quadrant with "tilting" indicator which GM used only on vans and has ignition key on column which GM vans did not have. So this column was made by GM but not used in any GM cars.
  22. FlatJan
    Joined: Dec 13, 2013
    Posts: 234


    btw: will an early coloumn with woodruff key fit an F1 steering box? Or is modification required?
  23. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,933


    The shaft is part of the box on old Fords and pickups, so the outer column will slip right off and interchange with the F-1. Except for the length, which could be adjusted with a hacksaw if too long.
  24. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,866

    Atwater Mike

    There's a company that manufactures street rods...Every one of them has this GIANT tele-tilt column sticking out of it...the T's look especially ridiculous.
    I'd rather be a democrat than use one of those monstrosities in anything.
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  25. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,601


    No politics please.
  26. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 288


    '70s GM tilt columns - easy to find and modify, such as this one I reworked from a '77 Old Cutlass to fit my 1960 VW. DSCN0507.JPG
  27. tomcat11
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 128

    from Kalifornia

    I'm in the market for one and have my eye on the 40 ford style from Limeworks. I've heard nothing but good reviews for them.
  28. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    For a Hot Rod, simple and well made. It's only a steering column.
  29. FlatJan
    Joined: Dec 13, 2013
    Posts: 234


    thanks, alchemy
    I think I used the wrong term, steering shaft is inside the steering box right?
    don't know the name of the shaft that connects the steering wheel with the steering box. So if I got you right I can use this shaft from a 1940 Ford with its steering wheel and connect it to the F1 box, correct?
  30. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,065

    from Quincy, IL

    Surely NO steering column could be THAT offensive!! :eek: :D


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