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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 8:08 PM Thread Starter
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Auto or manual steering column?

Before I bought my 72 Chevelle it was converted to a 4 speed floor shift car. The steering column has a bar in the engine bay on the steering column that if rotated the vehicle cannot be turned off. I don't know if this is for an auto car or a manual car can anyone help me out what this is for?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 8:14 PM
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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

both,i usually chop it off and lock it in position.

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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

The bar or lever goes into the steering column right. There was a rod that ran from the transmission up to that lever on both automatics and manual cars. Normally if you put headers on the car you had to remove the rod. Once you remove it you can turn the collar all the way CCW so the car will start and the steering wheel will lock also. The only thing is if you removed that rod it also activated the reverse lights. You can put a switch on the transmission itself that gets activated by the reverse linkage to turn on the reverse lights.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 19, 8:17 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry if I'm understanding correctly if I have headers I cannot use the factory feedback linkage in must have a switch mounted on the transmission am i correct?

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 19, 8:02 PM
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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

basically you have to find out if the headers will clear the backdrive linkage. All you can do is try to hook it up and see if it clears. jim

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 19, 8:28 PM
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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

If what you call a bar is somewhat of a hook shape, then it is an automatic column. If it has a straight short tab on it that is about an inch and a quarter long then it is a 4 speed column. I would NOT cut this off.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 19, 4:43 PM
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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

Disabling the transmission back drive linkage will cause the steering wheel to lock under certain conditions while the car is in motion. It was designed as a safety system just like other safety systems on your car.
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Re: Auto or manual steering column?

ON factory equipped 4 speed cars the shifter had to be put into reverse to lock the steering column and remove the key.That is what the linkage piece is that you have,the backdrive linkage is one of its names.
You can just leave it rotated all the way to the left it won't cause you any problems that way. Mines been that way the 19 years I've owned it.

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