It can. The tilt mechanism plus the length of the cone is a little shorter on a FR column. It also depends on the year of the car. You can use a column a little shorter than they usually sell on a 55-56 because you can crowd the cone right up to the instrument bezel. 57 doesn't lend itself to that without more involved modifications (or ugly ones).Is it true that the Flaming River puts the wheel closer to the dash?
It can. The tilt mechanism plus the length of the cone is a little shorter on a FR column. It also depends on the year of the car. You can use a column a little shorter than they usually sell on a 55-56 because you can crowd the cone right up to the instrument bezel. 57 doesn't lend itself to that without more involved modifications (or ugly ones).
With special order columns, you have more latitude with a floor shift column than one with a column shift mechanism, because with a column shift there are more parts that have to be a custom length. An FR floor shift column is not hard for the user to shorten, but I understand it's not really something you can do with an Ididit.
The other way to get the steering wheel closer to the dash is with flat steering wheels or thin steering wheel adapters for custom wheels.
Fixed it for you. :sign0020:I have an IDIDIT floor shift paint version tilt column in my '56 210.
It has been an very good column except for the turn signal arm. The Set Screw has come loose several times in the past 13 + years. I finally used Loctite ® Threadlocker Red 271™ and that ended that issue. My '56 is a LS1 Tremic T-56 powered Street Rod (we completed in 2007) and I drive her a Lot. Yes, I'd purchase another IDIDIT.
I've assisted in a few Flaming River Columns, but have never owned one. But I have used and installed many Flaming River Products and they all where excellent quality. I've never had or heard of anyone having issues with poor quality nor premature failures with FR products.
Personally I prefer GM Steering Columns on some builds, But Finding the unit I would want has gotten very difficult. And the steering wheel selection can take some time in finding that perfect wheel that is high quality.
I believe both are great products. I've never disassembled Flaming River product so I can't state that their a better quality product.
As a retired Engineer I'm cautions and very particular, especially in suspension and steering. Both columns look well placed in most any Tri-5. Installation complexity depends much on what Steering box or Rack & Pinion conversion that one chooses, and of course the exhaust. I installed R&P steering kit in my '56 and the improvement are significant.
Because many of us Tri-5 owners tend to drive to many Street Rod events, quality and improvements in driving comfort and ease is important. Why I used a quality aftermarket steering column and a R&P system.
You might ask around your area and find owners that would provide their input and show you their install, using the 6 foot etc safe distancing..
You can buy them in many different finishes. Yours is the must paint variety. I tried to just clear coat my bare metal(like yours) but it didn't stick. I ended up taking the clear off and primed/painted to match my dash. All rattle can paint.:bowtier:Ididit column needs to be painted...atleast mine did, what looked like brushed stainless, rusted.
It is very well engineered quality product, just pointed out the painting.
Want to bump this up for the weekend - has anyone put a Flaming River column shift tilt column in a '55 or '56? Lots of pictures and discussion on floor shift columns, and Hotrodg726 posted a pictuer a couple of years ago of his Ididit that he was justifiably less than thrilled with. I'd like to see how a FR transitions from the shift collar to the column tube to where it goes into the speedometer bezel......I'll be putting a tilt shift column in my '55 (with a CPP 500 box) and am hoping to see a real-world picture of a Flaming River unit in a '55-'56. ….anyone able to post a clear picture of a FR shift column in a '55-'56?