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Old 14th-February-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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My stock column saver mod for R&P

I decided that I wanted to re-use the stock 63 column instead of buying a $400 tilt column. Money just was not in the budget. After seeing whats currently available for this mod I decided I did not like the fact that none of the options kept the steering shaft located "in and out" and the shaft still relies on the ancient stock upper bearing in the plastic turn signal switch for supporting the upper part of the shaft.

I cut the shaft at the base of the box to keep the most available for the new u-joint.



After sawing off the base of the column I measured the I.D. of the tube at 1.87"



I went to the local bearing house and found a bearing with a 3/4 I.D and a locking collar, with a 1.86 O.D. and an external snap ring.


I purchased two bearings, one for the bottom and one went as far up the column tube as possible.



Here is the column base, you can see the outer snap ring keeping the bearing from pulling up into the column. You can also see the set screws keeping the shaft locked to the inner race



This scallop is where the new upper bearing stops at and I ran the drill screws in under the bearing to keep it in place. It cannot go up or down at this point and this bearing takes the load off of the tiny upper bearing in the OEM turn signal switch.



Column is complete



New floor plate I made out of some scrap 1/8" steel. Bored a 2" hole and the column fits tight



Done except for welding a couple of tabs on the column to bolt to the floor plate.

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Old 14th-February-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Ryan,
Great job! Thanks for posting the pics, that's exactly what I need to do to miy project. Do you mind sharing the bearing part numbers?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 14th-February-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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Ryan,
Great job! Thanks for posting the pics, that's exactly what I need to do to miy project. Do you mind sharing the bearing part numbers?

Thanks for the help!
Jeff
Sure its a Timken part# ER12

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Sure its a Timken part# ER12

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Old 14th-February-2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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Deadly write Ryan! Thanks this is going help me out HUGE as I'm almost at that point to do mine.

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Old 15th-February-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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Very helpful!

I did the same thing with mine but instead of using the bearings, I measured the inner diamater of the colum and bought some round stock of Delrin off of ebay and sliced them like hockey pucks and drilled out the correct diameter holes.

I ended up having to get a new colum becuase of some unrelated damage though.

Nice job.
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Old 15th-February-2012, 02:24 AM   #7
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looks pretty nice Ryan!
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Way to "Think outside of the box" Ryan!!
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nice engineering job Ryan.....great way to save an oem column and some cash at the same time Thanks for sharing

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Hey glad I could help fellow nova guys with this idea. That's why I posted it up.

Thanks for all the comments

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Way to go, cool idea, looks great!
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I decided that I wanted to re-use the stock 63 column instead of buying a $400 tilt column. Money just was not in the budget. After seeing whats currently available for this mod I decided I did not like the fact that none of the options kept the steering shaft located "in and out" and the shaft still relies on the ancient stock upper bearing in the plastic turn signal switch for supporting the upper part of the shaft.

I cut the shaft at the base of the box to keep the most available for the new u-joint.



After sawing off the base of the column I measured the I.D. of the tube at 1.87"



I went to the local bearing house and found a bearing with a 3/4 I.D and a locking collar, with a 1.86 O.D. and an external snap ring.


I purchased two bearings, one for the bottom and one went as far up the column tube as possible.



Here is the column base, you can see the outer snap ring keeping the bearing from pulling up into the column. You can also see the set screws keeping the shaft locked to the inner race



This scallop is where the new upper bearing stops at and I ran the drill screws in under the bearing to keep it in place. It cannot go up or down at this point and this bearing takes the load off of the tiny upper bearing in the OEM turn signal switch.



Column is complete



New floor plate I made out of some scrap 1/8" steel. Bored a 2" hole and the column fits tight



Done except for welding a couple of tabs on the column to bolt to the floor plate.

great idea ryan looks like that will work perfect
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Old 15th-February-2012, 01:27 PM   #13
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Great job Ryan!! Did a similar conversion here at the shop a while back for a customer who wanted to keep their stock column. He says it has been working great so far.
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great job on that. I might have to do something like that to mine.
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Old 17th-February-2012, 09:19 AM   #15
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Very nice mod
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