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70 steering column, two part question.

Kris376

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Rebuilding the steering column of my 70 Challenger to use with my RMS k member and hellcat swap but I think my steering column might be missing some parts.
It's a reverse lockout column. There is a nylon bushing between the reverse lockout tube and the the steering column tube but nothing between the steering shaft and the reverse lockout tube. You could take the whole steering shaft and bang it around inside the reverse lockout tube, there is a ton of play. In fact there was no roller bearing or bushing of any kind supporting the steering shaft anywhere in the assembly.


My first question is, what parts am I missing and what do I need to fix this? RMS included a lower support bushing but make no mention about what to do if you have a lockout tube, as the bushing is made to fit over the steering shaft between the column. It's too big in diameter to fit between the lockout tube and the steering shaft. I could machine it down if I have to.


Second question is, I would like to delete the entire reverse lockout tube all together, but is this possible or did the non-reverse lockout columns use a different column tube? I can't just remove the lockout tube or there is nothing for the lowest portion of the steering column (the part with the set screw that moves with the lockout tube) to mount to.


If anyone has any idea about either of these issues, it would help me out a lot. TY!

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Steve340

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Cuda Cody did some real good videos on steering columns that you can find on Youtube.
I believe he did a series of 4 videos.
 

themechanic

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Detroit Muscle Technologies sells the kit for the steering column. There's a gray foam rubber insulator that goes between the steering shaft and the lock tube.

Call and ask them about it.
 
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