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72ShlongBed

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Can anyone help with whats needed parts wise for a steering column rebuild? Also info on the process of disassemble and re assembly would be greatly helpful and appreciated. 

my column has lots of wobble and front to back movement and it tore up the original turn signal switch causing havok on my brake lights and the ability to use the signals, i acquired a new turn signal switch but decided to prevent the problem from happening again by just pulling and rebuilding it since a new one is in the $350-$1000 range and times are tough.
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72ShlongBed

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not much help here. expected more out of this forum.

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wallew

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72,

Don't know HOW I missed this post.  But I have done a partial rebuild of one.
But are you sure it's the column?  The thing is most of them are well built and generally don't have any issues for years, decades some times.

You can visit LMC trucks and see if they have any of the parts you may need.  A full replacement column can get pricey quick.  BUT, a visit to your local recycle yard should get you a working one for around $100.  OR LESS.

They drop right in and generally work immediately.  AND they made a ton of them from '67 to '72.

The thing is there a lot going on in any steering set up.  From the column to all the upper and lower control arms, tie rods, etc.  A lot of small part that if they are worn out, CAN cause all sorts of symptoms.

Give us an idea of why you think it's the column and maybe I can offer more suggestions.

Good luck.

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72ShlongBed

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Thanks for the reply, its definitely the column, the previous owner basically made 2 trucks one, he took the 72 chassis/cab and used 68 parts to complete it, i found a piece in a tub of spare parts i got with the truck, turns out its missing the unit that acts as a spacer/turn signal return/ horn connection. I had made a piece after waiting a week or so for a reply then found the actual needed piece, have yet to install it as I am also currently in the middle of retro fitting a mustang hydroboost unit in the truck as well.
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72,

This thread has been in the back of my mind for several days.

YOU might find any missing pieces for your steering column in LMC TRUCKS catalog.

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/cb/full.aspx?Page=134

That's page 134 of the current online LMC Truck catalog for the steering column.  Almost all of the parts are available.
If there's parts that you are missing, you might find it either on page 134 OR on the preceeding page 133.  It has the other parts that are not on page 134.

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Kurganhunter

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If your Frankenstein column gives you any more issues, I bought a CPP complete tilt chromed stainless column online for $185. The black painted version is even less. It was a knuckle, two bolts, and an electrical connection to replace. A lot easier than a rebuild
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gbowne1

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From what I've read and seen a few of, CPP makes good columns. Chose a Ididit here but yes, LMC does have column parts.
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loach

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Hey 72SchlongBed,

If your interested, I am almost finished rebuilding my 1970 Chevelle Tilt Steering Column.  It wasn't that hard and I was able to find all of those hard to find parts at: http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com

I did all the work myself and started with a rusted old column missing quite a few parts but Doug at Steering Column Services (Ivins, UT) had everything I needed.  I spent around $250 for all of the parts worked on it and I have to say it wasn't the "Fork -in-the-eye" I thought is was going to be.

I know $250 sounds like a lot but it sure beats the $700+ for a new one and now I have the satisfaction of doing it and I believe I could work on any steering column now.

This is just my 2 cents but good luck and if you decide to rebuild it yourself Doug at SCS will definitely help and answer questions.

Take care and good luck,
Kevin
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