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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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steering column issue for ls1 swap

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I have been told by my engineer that's I need to install a collapsible steering column into my 66 SS
when doing a ls1 swap in Australia to meet 1 of the requirement so I can get it passed engineering.
I have read on here that 67 was first year for collapsible steering in GM cars and 67 will not fit 66 SS
I have seen the after market column's and I would like to keep the car looking factory from the inside
what could I use or could I modify a 67 to fit.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 06:06 AM
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Forcing you to use a part your car didn't originally have seems a little... unfair. Parts Place Inc sells refurbished columns, but they aren't cheap. You could find a cheaper one off eBay and see if it fits first? Best of luck if you have to go this route.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2019, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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hi guys anyone else that can add to this need to get this sort out fast. big dave maybe you could help cheers.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2019, 04:07 PM
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Really don't know why the '67 won't fit in the '66. Probably a full redesign with a change in length due to having to build a collapsible steering column. That said I would measure my overall length and hit the junk yards looking for a similar length collapsible part out of a smaller import car and try to disguise it to fit for purposes of inspection.

You are dealing with a rag joint at one end and and mid point mount based upon column diameter. The rag joint offers various metric SAE conversions and you can probably fab a collar to fit whatever column you find to bolt it in. Might gain a tilt column in the deal.

Will have to rewire the column connector to gain emergency flash, turn signals, and horn. Might even incorporate high-low flash as well.

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