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  • #233726

    donsmg
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    @donsmg

    I am nearing completion of a Fiberfab Ford kit. After installing the seats I find that the steering wheel is too close for comfort. I’m hoping to find a different steering wheel adapter or modify the one that came with the kit. If not I will be on a diet this winter.

    I have been looking through the photo gallery and have seen adapters that put the steering wheel a couple inches closer to the dash.

    I am including a picture of the setup I have now. Any suggestions?

    Don Loveless
    Ford Pinto Fiberfab
    Rochester, MI

    #246757

    ray10
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    @ray10

    I was Just wondering if you could flip it over ?

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    #246758

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    You should be able to do better, Don. I’d say 2-3 inches less column is possible.

    This is a “classic” (3-bolt) Grant to a Ford Pinto/ Mustang II column, right?

    This ebay listing looked promising until I realized that the photo is the same as my VW adapter. I think it’s mislabeled. But something like this must exist for your column.

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    #246759

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    On of these has got to be the right one for you…give Grant a call and tell them what you have.

    http://www.grantproducts.com/products/browse/installation-ki ts/automotive/

    Paul Mossberg
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    #246760

    texag71
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    @texag71

    I have no suggestions on your steering wheel situation, but I do have a question about your dash: How did you manage those labels on your switches? Very slick! 

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    #246761

    donsmg
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    @donsmg

    Paul, I checked out the Grant website and it looks like they may have what I need. I will give them a call.

    Bill, I bought a Dash Decal Set Self Adheasive OEM Style CMC SSK/TD from MG Magic Inc. for $8.95. They went on very easy and look great.

    Don Loveless
    Ford Pinto Fiberfab
    Rochester, MI

    #246762

    texag71
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    @texag71

    Thanks, Don. I’ll check that out right now!

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    #246763

    donsmg
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    @donsmg

    I found what I needed on the Grant website and gave them a call. They confirmed that a standard installation kit for Ford (3249) plus their One Inch Reducer Kit (4001) to bolt up to my 5 bolt steering wheel is what I should order. Grant distributes through many auto parts stores. I ordered at my local Auto Zone and had the parts in two days.

    I gained a precious 1 3/4″ of belly room . I have included a photo of the new set up.

    Thanks for the suggestions,

    Don

    Don Loveless
    Ford Pinto Fiberfab
    Rochester, MI

    #246764

    dan-r
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    @dan-r

     LOOKS BETTER  Dan

    #246765

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

    #246766

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Glad we could help!

    A double win, more room…and it looks much better too!

    Paul Mossberg
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    #246767

    Anonymous

    It looks good. 

    #305690

    wingsman
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    @wingsman

    Don,

    Thanks for the post I was just having the same issue and your thread saved me a ton of headache. I just ordered my part and can’t wait to move that steering wheel closer to the dash.

    Thanks again,
    Burnie

    #305692

    greggs
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    @greggs

    I had a similar problem with my VW adapter.  I took it to a machine shop and they shortened it by two inches. Cost was $20. I also changed to the VW van turn signal assembly because the stalk sticks out straight and is not angled like other models. I felt the switch was going be too close to the wheel and I would hit it while turning.

    its all good! Gregg

    #305699

    secretagentcat
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    @secretagentcat

    I didn’t like the way my VW Column looked all together, so I took it out and put all the electrical on the dash. I replaced the column with a steering rod and had a welder custom weld a release bolt just above the Crash Basket. Now it’s just a chrome rod that is mounted through a steering mount I bought from Socal Speed Shop! It works like a charm and looks nice. It’s much closer to the dash and I added a flat Banjo style wheel from Forever Sharp!

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