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65 automatic trans steering column
#1313310 Wed Jun 05 2019 07:59 PM
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I have a 1965 short bed step side that's had a 350 V8 and a TH350 transmission installed. When I purchased the truck it had a floor mounted Hurst shifter. I'd like to move the shifter to the column. I do not believe the power steering is original to the truck, it may not even be original to a truck, but it works. I've looked into aftermarket steering columns but they cost a fortune. Oh, and I want to keep the original steering wheel. So, it occurred to me I may be trying to reinvent the wheel so to speak. Is there another steeringcolumn that will fit that I can use to shift the TH350 with my original steering wheel? I guess the other option, any recommendations on an aftermarket column?

Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
Larry's65 #1313316 Wed Jun 05 2019 09:07 PM
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Folks have been putting Junk Yard steering columns in these trucks for many years. Do some measuring then take your tape to the closest Pull-A-Part yard. For some reason a Chevy van comes to mind.šŸ› 


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Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
Larry's65 #1313335 Thu Jun 06 2019 12:18 AM
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Vans columns where popular because the ignition switch was not moved to the column until late eighties I believe. I believe the steer shafts where 2 pieces to collapse in a front end collision, so you can adjust the length. If it has a 3 speed column in it now you can weld the relay to one of the shift levers and fab a linkage for it. that way is not as popular as it used to be. You could also find an automatic column from another 64-66 truck.

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Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
ESum #1317163 Wed Jul 10 2019 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ESum
......You could also find an automatic column from another 64-66 truck.


Did they come with automatic transmissions?

I had to dig up my service manuals. Yep, aluminum powerglide for the 10-20 trucks, and powermatic for the medium and heavy duty trucks.

Personally I have never seen one of these trucks with a factory automatic. That would be a cool sight to see.


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Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
DoubleDingo #1317173 Wed Jul 10 2019 02:27 AM
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My old 1963 C10 was a factory Powerglide automatic when I bought it. I ended up putting a TH400 in it and everything in the shift linkage bolted up. I had to move the rear crossmember back to match the transmission mount, but the shift linkage worked just fine.

These trucks had Automatics in them, not all, but quite a few.

Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
Larry's65 #1317601 Sat Jul 13 2019 03:09 PM
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You still haven't seen one in person but here is a picture. Note it also has factory a/c.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/F7sR7VYD/car-show-Gerald-s-024.jpg[/img]


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Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
Larry's65 #1323745 Tue Aug 27 2019 05:46 PM
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I'm actually on the opposite end....I have a '66 short-bed, step-side C10 that has been set up with a 350 & a 200R4 with the shift on the column, and I'd really like to go to a floor-shift 4-speed manual transmission. If I do, maybe we could swap steering columns!

Re: 65 automatic trans steering column
Larry's65 #1323747 Tue Aug 27 2019 05:51 PM
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Here's how mine looks....obviously not the stock steering wheel; I am not sure but I doubt it's the original column either.

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