I am at the stage of putting a steering column into a 57 Chevy pickup. It has a 350 with a TCI front end and power steering on a Ford rack and pinion and automatic transmission. What sort of steering column/length fits into this set-up. I know there are lots of after market suppliers out there but wondered if something from an older Chevy might fit just as well. Any info would be appreciated.
there are so many ways to go.. did you want key on the column???do you want wipers on the turn signal stalk?? did you want a gm style cruise control on the stalk.??/how far from the firewall to the input shaft on the rack???how much angle differencegot pictures..?? use photobucket..70s chevy van or a chevy step van.. are good choices for column shape.. with a gear shift on the column hint.. most internal GM steering column components can be interchanged.. within reason...they are almost impossible to find.. but chevy chevette steering columns had a neat feature.. the steering shaft telescoped all the way in the housing.. think of a car antenna that goes down flush with the fender.. they did this as you could not get the starter out without that feature.. i always liked that feature.. as if i had a header tube that the steering column went thru the loop.. that would be a perfect column.. it also makes it a collapsible column.. most were straight.. but a few were tilt.. you will also want to check.. depending on which column you decide to go with..98 up crown victorias and lincoln town cars.. they have a really neat rubber seal bearing assembly that mounts to the floor.. where the steering shaft goes thru. these were recalled as they separated at the column.. but the they used multiple telescopic intermediate sections that might help you in your attempt to connect A and B.
oh.. and in case you missed the point.. if you find a column with the right upper shape you want.. it can be shortened..or.. you might find a similar column.. thats shorter.. take them both apart.and swap parts around..