The original steering column was crocked, as Emc suggested. I'm not sure it's a converted Jeep box. Pictures of the frame mounting would indicate this. I think the frame or firewall was shifted over from a accident. See photo #5b of Borgeson Delphi instructions: https://www.classicchevy.com/assets/...evy/53-231.pdf
I am the third owner of the car. I have spoken with both previous owners. The car has not been in an accident. The car was bought new in Huntsville, AL , which is where it is now.
The lack of damage to the original sheet metal confirms no accident damage.
I never paid any attention to the original steering column as it came through the firewall, but obviously there has been some adjustments to the opening. I don't know when or why these adjustments were made, but they have been there a long time.
I also do not know what shims (if any) were on the original box.
Having said all of that, and looking the situation over closely, I am fairly confident that I can get the box lined up reasonably close without major effort.
If I can't, then I will go to plan B, which is yet to be defined.
This ain't rocket science, and I know that because I am a rocket scientist.
I am more concerned about the overall length of the tilt steering column. It seems longer than I would expect. That is something I will need to look into.
I Just put the body back on my 55 and have a new CPP 500 box and I have the same problem. The box/rag joint does not align with the lower mounting plate or hole. Mine looks just like the one mentioned above! I have not had time to look into it yet.More to come...
I just looked at my steering box and I can shim it out and make it work I think. But my headers will not work with shimming. I have a Dart SHP with Hooker full length headers and side mount 3/4 forward. One side hits the pitman and the other will the steering box........