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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 02, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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I need to replace the column in my '66. It does not have the original column and I'm not sure what it is from. I'm guessing a '67 or '68. It has a collapsible shaft with non-removable flange that mounts to the rag joint on the gearbox. The upper end of the shaft has the universal type joint with the rubber boot and the clamp adjacent to the lower end of the column.

I bought a column today from a guy who says it is from a '66. The end of the column shaft had a rag joint flange with a rag joint and a splined flange bolted to it. The guy I bought the column from said the flange on the column shaft could be switched with the end that is on the column shaft that is on the car.

When I got home and unbolted the rag joint and splined flange from the new column, I discovered the flange on the column shaft is pressed on. Uggghhhh....

Can anyone tell me if this column I bought is really from a '66? If it is, what am I going to have to do about the intermediate shaft? Do original '66 shafts have rag joints on both ends? That would sure seem strange.

My education continues.....

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 02, 11:57 PM
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It sounds like you have a BB steering column. Small block columns have a pressed on flange. Just unbolt the rag joint from pressed on flange, and unbolt the plate on the firewall that the column goes through. Then unbolt the column bracket on the bottom of the dash, the column should come out then. Take the rag joint of of the new column, and put on the firewall plate that was on the old column(if it doesn't have one). The new one should go in like the old one came out, and bolt right up. Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 02, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KEN67RAT:
It sounds like you have a BB steering column.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Do you mean the original column or the new one?
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Take the rag joint of of the new column....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
The new column will still have a pressed on flange on the column shaft, not the intermediate shaft.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 02, 1:13 AM
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Sorry, I think I misunderstood. A BB column has a bolt on flange, and a SB column has a press on flange. Either one will work. Are you saying that the old column has a pressed on flange where the rag joint bolts,and the new column also has a pressed on flange where the rag joint bolts?
You should be able to unbolt the rag joint from the old column, and leave the old rag joint on the steering box,and then remove the column from the car. Then remove the rag joint from the new column, leaving just the flange on the new column. The new column should then bolt into the car, and the old rag joint will bolt to the flange on the new column.
The column for a 66 is one piece,from the firewall to the flange(bolt on , or pressed on) that bolts to the rag joint on the steering box. Are you saying the new column has an intermediate shaft?



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Ken, the old column has an intermediate shaft with a pressed on flange. That shaft can be disconnected from the column by undoing the clamp at the upper end of the shaft by the column housing(3 - 4 inches away from the firewall). The new column has the pressed on flange that is in the same location as the old column's bolt-on clamp. It's does not have a 2 1/2' straight shaft going from the end of the column housing all the way down to the gear box.

Dino, thanks for the picture. That's what I thought it should look like.

The guy I bought the column from says they made 2 different styles in '66. Have you ever heard that before Dino? I'm starting to think the guy is tap dancing.....

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 02, 4:15 PM
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Ah, I see now. The new column doesn't sound like it is for a 66 Chevelle. I guess it is possible that there are two different styles, but I have only seen one type on a 66. 65-66 Impalas have a short column, because they are rear steer. Maybe it is a Impala column. Sorry I couldn't be more helpfull.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 02, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ken, thanks for trying. I don't think I described it very accurately last night since I was still about it and OU losing the basketball game..... Now if I can convince the seller he was wrong about it being a '66 Chevelle column and refunding my $$ !!!

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