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1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel #549907
Fri Jun 26 2009 03:21 AM
Fri Jun 26 2009 03:21 AM
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Spanky432  Offline OP
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Odessa, Texas
Hello I am new to the forums and I really hope that I am doing this the right way. I have a 1962 that has the biggest steering wheel on a normal truck that I have ever seen and I was just wondering if there was any way to move the steering wheel more to the dash so that I may have more room to breath lol, I am a big guy and its really kinda hard to steer. I will be moving the fuel tank later to add bucket seats but really just looking for a quick fix for now.

I really hope to give as much to this forums as I get and I really do give thanks for all the people that put in the hard work, sweat and blood that give the easy answers to people like me....


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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Spanky432] #549931
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:09 AM
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:09 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
you may want to consider putting a smaller wheel on it.... maybe one like you get at the local auto store. I think they are mostly Grant wheels. I'm sure others have ideas but for the short term it may be the way to go.


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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Achipmunk] #549940
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:39 AM
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:39 AM
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Bears63  Offline
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Your choices include what Achipmunk said or putting in a different column. Swapping out the steering wheel would be the easiest in the short term, but remember one thing. If you have manual steering a smaller wheel will make it tougher to turn. Small trade off for a bit more space though.


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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Bears63] #549951
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:59 AM
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:59 AM
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Spanky432  Offline OP
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Odessa, Texas
I would rather put a newer steering column just to get the steering a bit closer to the dash and I would also like to add a nice grant steering wheel. Anyone know what I should start looking for as far as the steering column?

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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Spanky432] #549999
Fri Jun 26 2009 12:19 PM
Fri Jun 26 2009 12:19 PM
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Hot Rod John  Offline
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Here are some ideas and options:

Option 1:

Since you state that even if you change the column you would like a nicer steering wheel I would suggest that you start with buying a steering wheel with less dish. The stock steering wheels on these trucks have a lot of dish to them. Guys running sprint cars and old roadsters used steering wheels that were big in diameter with almost no dish. "These look cool too IMHO". As stated above "Grant" is a good choice. They have a number of online catalogs and have wheels that are flat and are as large as 16-1/2". Here is a link to Grant's website: http://www.grantproducts.com/t-catalogs.aspx

Option 2:

Buy a tilt / telescoping column out of manual transmission vehicle. I have a tilt column out of a '72 Impala in my Model A Tudor Sedan. You will have to fabricate mounts, modify wiring and reowrk the attachment geometry to the steering box. Finding one though that doesn't have the ignition in the column & that is a tilt model might prove to be difficult, if you are looking for used.

Option 3:

Buy a tilt telescoping column from an aftermaket manufacturer of tilt columns, such as Ididit. They have one that is a bolt in for your truck. Here is the link to Ididit's website: http://ididitinc.com/retrofit_columns/60_78_chevy_trucks_tilt_column_fs60_62M_3_4_30_O.html

I hope this helps. Happy hunting :-)

John

Last edited by Hot Rod John; Fri Jun 26 2009 12:51 PM.

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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Hot Rod John] #550016
Fri Jun 26 2009 02:21 PM
Fri Jun 26 2009 02:21 PM
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Spanky432  Offline OP
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I sure will look into that and check some sizes I really need alot more room then I have now so the wheel will have to be closer to the dash by about 3 or 4 inches for me to have a little room and a smaller wheel will help to. I guess back in the 60's they did not have fat people lol but anyways thanks for the info and later today I will get some details from them.


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Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Spanky432] #550031
Fri Jun 26 2009 03:23 PM
Fri Jun 26 2009 03:23 PM
Achipmunk  Offline
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... I see a lot of folks here talk about a tilt column out of a chevy van. I do not know for sure about the length but from most conversations that is not an issue.
The other thing "they say" is that the van columns (Mid 80's?) does NOT have the key in the steering column so that would allow you to still use your dash switch. I'm using a 68 column in my 52 panel for that very reason. I do wish I had a tilt but hey, the 68 column was a freebie.

Last edited by Achipmunk; Fri Jun 26 2009 03:25 PM.

1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Achipmunk] #550060
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:56 PM
Fri Jun 26 2009 04:56 PM
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todjob2000  Offline
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Wa state
Uggh! a smaller wheel with no P.S.? I'd put a KW wheel in there if I thought I could still sit in the seat! I got 2 tickits for my suicide knob but they can pucker up! thats like power sterring to me! LOL

Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: todjob2000] #550078
Fri Jun 26 2009 06:40 PM
Fri Jun 26 2009 06:40 PM
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Spanky432  Offline OP
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Odessa, Texas
@ Up
I know what you mean about the knob I drive a 2009 Mack for my job and I think my arms would fall of if I drove one day without it.

Re: 1962 C10 Chevy Steering Wheel [Re: Spanky432] #551513
Wed Jul 01 2009 06:50 AM
Wed Jul 01 2009 06:50 AM
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Spanky432  Offline OP
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Odessa, Texas
ok, I got the new steering wheel on and it helps out a lot but I still need to find a column that has less distance from dash to steering wheel so if anyone could help me out and tell me which one I could install that is shorter I would really be thankfully.

Thanks

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