1967 Ford F-100 - Project Speed Bump: Part 10 Photo Gallery
Part 10: Do-It-Yourself Steering
Sean P. Holman –
Dec 13, 2017
Photo 1/15 | Project Speed Bump Diy Steering Lead
Photo 2/15 | 002 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Our ididit column came with everything needed for an easy and successful installation. We also got the pieces we would need to make a custom steering linkage.
Photo 3/15 | 003 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | The ididit column has a shifter arm at the base of the column that needs to be removed so the firewall seal can be slid in place. We sourced an OEM firewall seal in good condition from the Internet.
Photo 4/15 | 004 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | With the shift arm removed, you can see how the firewall seal will slide right on. The shifter arm can also be clocked for your transmission cable. Note the GM-style flat electrical connector. Included with the column is a kit to adapt your factory wiring to the ididit column.
Photo 5/15 | 005 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Next, we loosely installed the two underdash mounting bolts and inserted the column through the firewall.
Photo 6/15 | 006 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Moving to the engine compartment, we installed the column-mounting bracket om the firewall.
Photo 7/15 | 007 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Here, you can see the column clamp installed and tightened. Once the location of the column was set, we returned to the cab and tightened the dash-mounting bolts.
Photo 8/15 | 008 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | With the column installed, we turned our attention to the steering linkage. We used a stainless steel Borgeson 3/4-36-spline to ¾-inch DD isolation coupler for the column side of the linkage.
Photo 9/15 | 009 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | The Crown Victoria steering rack uses a Mustang-style V, so on the rack side we used a stainless steel Borgeson Mustang V to 3/4-inch DD U-joint.
Photo 10/15 | 010 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Once our joints were in place, it was time for us to mock up our 3/4-inch DD shaft and measure the length needed to connect our column to our rack. We used a stainless Borgeson universal shaft and cut it down to size.
Photo 11/15 | 011 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Next, we installed the now-correct length of shaft and marked where we would need reliefs drilled out for our setscrews.
Photo 12/15 | 012 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | With our reliefs drilled for the setscrews, we reassembled our linkage and tightened all the screws down.
Photo 13/15 | 013 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Thanks to a compact engine, the steering linkage was a straight shot from the column to the rack and looks right at home under the hood of Project Speed Bump.
Photo 14/15 | 014 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Returning to the cab, we installed the stalks and knobs for the tilt and turn signals, while also installing the knobs for the column shifter.
Photo 15/15 | 015 Project Speed Bump Diy Steering | Without any wiring in the truck yet to wire up the column, our final step at this point was to install our steering wheel of choice.