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Old 07-15-2017, 01:24 PM   #1
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After 5/6 years driving my 57, I am thinking about upgrading to power steering. If I do not care about a tilt column, is there any other reason or advantage of buying a new column, or would just installing a new shorter steering shaft in-to the old column be alright, and no problems down the road.
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If you want the inside of the car to look 57 then sure you could run a new shaft in the old column.Be sure of your measurements,and order one with either the spline,or D at the bottom for hooking it up to the new box with a joint.You will need a bearing of some sort at the base of the column to center the shaft. You will also need to buy/make a lower column mount that bolts to the floor/firewall.
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Are you shifting on the floor or column?....I found shortening my own for an automatic shift was a tedious process....However, sometimes I'm not the sharpest brick in the drawer.
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Are you shifting on the floor or column?....I found shortening my own for an automatic shift was a tedious process....However, sometimes I'm not the sharpest brick in the drawer.
I have a tremec 5 speed, should be a much easer job, i'am guessing.
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Yes, it sure is....Use this piece from CCI: http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-st...1955-1957.html

Here are the instructions:http://www.classicchevy.com/assets/p...evy/53-401.pdf
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Yes, it sure is....Use this piece from CCI: http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-st...1955-1957.html

Here are the instructions:http://www.classicchevy.com/assets/p...evy/53-401.pdf
Thank you PoP's, just what I was looking for.
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After 5/6 years driving my 57, I am thinking about upgrading to power steering. If I do not care about a tilt column, is there any other reason or advantage of buying a new column, or would just installing a new shorter steering shaft in-to the old column be alright, and no problems down the road.
Mrp57, not sure it was clear to anyone reading this thread, but to install any aftermarket PS gear, the column itself needs to be shorter. Not just the shaft, but the whole column assembly. This is because the PS gear is larger than the stock manual gear. One of the links provided by David shows how to shorten your existing column, but you can buy simple non-tilt short columns made specifically for trifives for reasonable money. I say this because the column shortening takes a fair bit of skill and precision, as well as equipment like a metal chop saw and a welder. If you are on a budget, have these tools and skills, and/or just wanna do it, go for it, shorten your own. But having done a few myself I can tell you it's a steep learning curve to get it done right. I ruined a few columns at first before I did one that worked halfway decently.

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Agree with Jalapeno

Done an automatic one myself and it wasn't any picnic
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After 60 years a new steering column sure is nice. I like my tilt Ididit column but I am sure the non tilt is just as nice, maybe even the Chinese columns are ok for non tilt.
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I think since you have a floor shift makes the shortening process much easier. I even shortened my own shaft and all is working well. found a bearing for the bottom that centered the shaft in the housing.You can do it for the price of the bearing and a mount (aftermarket floormount). made a piece of plastic to cover the open end at the bottom . cant see it anyway.
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