Dressing up the steering column

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  • #235363

    dave-b
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    @dave-b

    I’ve been thinking that the rubber grips on my turn signal stalk and tilt wheel lever where just about the ugliest things on my roadster, so after work today I fired up the lathe and came up with something more pleasing to the eye.  Just cosmetic, I realize, but certainly more satisfying.

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    #261301

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Nice knobs. (I got slapped for saying that once)
    What is the tilt column out of?

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #261302

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Sweet!

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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    #261303

    dave-b
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    @dave-b

    The column is out of a Chevette.  A previous owner had shortened the signal stalk and bent it away from the steering wheel, so every time you signaled a left turn the stalk twisted counterclockwise and and on went the wipers.

     The engine is a Ford 2.3, so this car was apparently the original hybrid.

    #261304

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Well-done, Dave.

    #261305

    dave-b
    Participant

    @dave-b

    Thanks for the kind words, even the reference to the knobs.

    #261306

    court-wizard
    Participant

    @court-wizard

    I felt the same way about that fat Chevette column. I tossed it and made a simple one.

    No trees were injured in the making of this message, but some electrons were inconvenienced.

    #261307

    vilardi
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    @vilardi

    Is that the Chevette Column stripped of all the plastic, or did you install a completely new one?

    Tom

    Tom Vilardi
    BCW Model 52
    South Orange NJ

    #261308

    secretagentcat
    Participant

    @secretagentcat

    I did the same with my column. I put the switches on the dash and used a chrome steering shaft.

    #261309

    court-wizard
    Participant

    @court-wizard

    I took the Chevette shell and pulled it off the shaft. Then made a tube out of steel to hold the shaft.
    I moved all the switches to the dash.

    I’ve been looking for a brass acorn nut to dress up the wheel adapter but it’s still on the ‘to do list’.

    No trees were injured in the making of this message, but some electrons were inconvenienced.

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