I am restoring a 65 SS and it has a non-tilt column that is shot. I purchased a rebuilt 65 tilt steering column and I just don't see how the OEM wheel is going to fit correctly and function. The diameter of the wheel does not match and it won't go completely on the splined shaft with the plastic signal cam on it. My question is, does the same OEM wheel fit both application's and can someone point to a diagram for the turn signal components and steering wheel assembly? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Pictures to help. This is the rebuilt OEM tilt column I bought. I did some research and found a different turn signal cancelling cam for tilt than non-tilt, but that won't take care of the diameter difference between the wheel and collar.
Thanks, jayoldschool! I think I can mount it with the u-clamp but won't have the proper cosmetic covers I don't think the non-tilt original covers will work. They do slide under the tilt collar but I don't think they will match for location with the dash.
I hope it all works out. My original non-tilt was shot, probably rebuildable but shot. I found a company in Athens, TX called Gary's Classics that had an original 65 tilt column on the shelf and they rebuilt it for me....just takes money....man those are expensive. I wanted an original so I could use the OEM steering wheel and not be cramped for room. Ididit told me their tilt column would put the OEM wheel 3-4" closer to me and I can't deal with that....got too much table muscle I will keep you posted as I progress. I am rebuilding the front end putting tubular A arms and power disc brakes on her now.
I haven't tried it but I hear you can cut non tilt collars down to work on tilt columns. Anyone tried that? I have a column but no collars.
I believe they did that on the Hurst/Olds homage car that MuscleCar (now called Detroit muscle) on PowerBlockTV aired a year or so ago. You should be able to go to their web site and view the old show based upon the description. They installed a used tilt over a Ididit column and showed how to totally rebuild it with all new parts.