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?
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.
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.
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!