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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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1971 tilt column in a 1970?

Any done or know of anyone who has done this?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I though that I would have had at least ONE reponse )

Anyway, I have been scouring the internet and only found one refernce to a guy on Stangfix who supposedly did the swap but it appears the thread is no longer there. I do not have the funds to buy a 70 tilt and I do not mind a little fabrication.

Here is what I think I know: The 71 mounts and wiring are different, the column is longer. I am not worried about the wiring or the mounts. I already have a 70 tilt rag joint. So, here are my thoughts:

COA 1: Cut down the 71 column to 70 length, modifiy mounts/column tube to mount the assembly

COA 2: Remove the tilt shaft out of the 71 column. Cut the top of both columns off (just below the head) and weld the tilt head onto the 70 column tube. Shorten the tilt shaft as needed.

Any thoughts on the two COAs?

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I did it along time ago. Everything will interchange . I did remember having to cut something but it was 25 years ago. As long as you have both columns it will work. Couple of hours and it was done. Sorry I couldn't help you much more than it does work.
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You don't cut by the head at all. No welding. Dismantle and put together. If I remember it was cutting the slide in shaft. Can't recall but it had to do with the bottom or sliding back together.
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Thanks for the info. I did pick up a 71 tilt column and a preliminary comparison with my 70 non-tilt (which is still in the car) shows the swap shouldn't be that hard. Will know more when I get my column out and lay them side-by-side. I plan to do a write-up when done.

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