Brought to you in part by:

Great deals on auto restoration supplies!

.


  Mustangsandmore Forums
  Old Fords and Mercurys
  58 steering column swap

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   58 steering column swap
shoe
Gearhead

Posts: 279
From: midwest
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 12-11-2004 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for shoe   Click Here to Email shoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking to update my steering column for several reasons. Any ideas on a late OEM unit or over the counter model that will adapt easily and well to the shaft or 58 gearbox.Has anybody tried anything that has worked good for them? Not concerned about wiring issues. Will be a floor shift automatic.

IP: Logged

KULTULZ
Gearhead

Posts: 863
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 12-11-2004 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Usually the swap is done with a GM column and the fancy aluminum aftermarkets are fashioned after GM. Unfortunately, I do not speak either GM or Spanglish.

If you want to keep it FORD, you have to determine if you want tilt wheel, tilt column or the ignition switch on the dash or column to start.

IP: Logged

Rory McNeil
Gearhead

Posts: 1687
From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 12-12-2004 02:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you aware that the 50`s Fords have the steering shaft as part of the steering box? It is about 4 feet long, so to use a later column with a stock steering box would entail cutting the shaft down, and coming up with some form of coupler arangement.If you mainly want to do this to get rid of the column shift, the shifter is on a seperate rod, above the steering shaft tube, and is easily removed, which makes for a clean look.

------------------
78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected]
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA M/Stock 302 5speed. [email protected]
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4spd

IP: Logged

KULTULZ
Gearhead

Posts: 863
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 12-12-2004 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
If you mainly want to do this to get rid of the column shift, the shifter is on a seperate rod, above the steering shaft tube, and is easily removed, which makes for a clean look.

Good Point Rory!

And you would need the block off plate for the shift indicator if automatic.

-Stock Column Modifications-

-Columns Galore-

I was think 64 TBIRD myself...

------------------
I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 59/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

Also older FORD Special Service Tools

-MEL Engine Forum-

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Mustangsandmore Front Page

Copyright 2005, Steve LaRiviere. All Rights Reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47d

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

[Build a free Mustangsandmore.ws Home Page!]

[Posting Pictures]

[About M&M][Acronyms][Calendar][Chat][Classifieds] [Members' Pics]

[M&M Conventions] [M&M Mug Shots]

[ Mustangsandmore.com Bookstore] [ Smokin' Fords] [Tech Articles]