Aftermarket adjustable steering column for auto trans

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Aftermarket adjustable steering column for auto trans

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Is there such a thing?
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Aftermarket tilt steering columns are available from numerous manufacturers for use in the hot rod market. Installing one in your Comet is not simple, your car has a solid shaft from the steering wheel to the steering box, there is no rag coupling. Also the aftermarket columns are based on a GM column so they have two levers ( signal and tilt) and are very long from the bell to the wheel mounting. (Extremely ugly)
If you are able to some fabrication it is possible to install a Ford tilt column in the Comet.
You have to change the steering box to a newer box from a Mustang ,Cougar, etc. use a column from a Montego or Torino that did not have a floor shift. (Late ‘60’s Lincoln will work also) you may have to shorten the column so it does not stock into the drivers area too much. The wiring will also need to be modified, and it is possible that you will need to change the pitman arm.
For my Cyclone I used a ‘68 Cougar steering box and a ‘68 Cougar tilt away steering column.
I had to shorten the column to fit the Comet, I also used a universal joint instead of a rag coupler so I had to change the spline on the end of the column. It took some machining, welding, and fabrication but the column works good and it is almost undetectable from stock. I also adapted the factory Cyclone steering wheel to fit the Cougar column.
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Thanks again, Jim.
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A/FX wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:11 pm
. use a column from a Montego or Torino that did not have a floor shift.
did you mean with a floor shift?

looks great!! :D
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poboyjo65 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:00 pm
A/FX wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:11 pm
. use a column from a Montego or Torino that did not have a floor shift.
did you mean with a floor shift?

looks great!! :D
I believe he wanted a tilt column with a column mounted sift lever for an automatic, so the donor car should not have a floor mounted shifter.
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Oh dumb me. :roll: Thought you meant yours was.

Also thought you had a cute little red knob shifter, was wondering how you reached it. didnt see the big one at first. :roll: gonna go wash my glasses now.
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No, dummy. That's a joystick! :lol:

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Jim that column looks skinnier than most tilt wheels,I like that, is it the same size as the stock column? (talking about the collar & part next to the wheel)
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Re: Aftermarket adjustable steering column for auto trans

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poboyjo65 wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:36 am
Jim that column looks skinnier than most tilt wheels,I like that, is it the same size as the stock column? (talking about the collar & part next to the wheel)
Yes,
The head of the column is close to the same size as the original column although it is slightly larger in diameter and length.
This column was a tilt/tilt away column which I have heard is quite rare, (so I cut it up anyway!) I deactivated the tilt away feature, it also had a four way flasher knob and wiring which I deleted. I disassembled the column and took a few inches off it’s length, at the same time I changed the lower spline to a conventional Borgeson spline. I also had to fabricate a lower bushing to hold the steering shaft centered in the mast jacket. The steering wheel was modified where it meets the head of the column housing. The turn signal lever also actuates the tilt feature so the whole set up is almost undetectable. (Just the way I like it)
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Re: Aftermarket adjustable steering column for auto trans

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poboyjo65 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:49 pm
Oh dumb me. :roll: Thought you meant yours was.

Also thought you had a cute little red knob shifter, was wondering how you reached it. didnt see the big one at first. :roll: gonna go wash my glasses now.
Johno,
The red knob is the reverse loc out for the Hurst shifter. Of all the things that are different about this car that is the one item that receives the most questions. I just tell people that the “R” on the red knob is for “Race”, you just pull the knob when you want to race!!!!
Some of them actually believe me!
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Re: Aftermarket adjustable steering column for auto trans

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A/FX wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:40 pm
I just tell people that the “R” on the red knob is for “Race”, you just pull the knob when you want to race!!!!
Some of them actually believe me!
Digital Shelby GT crowd :P

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