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Username Post: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column        (Topic#29159)
Anonymous 

03-16-03 05:39 PM - Post#196387    

hey guys,
Curious if the 66 caprice is the only year of the tilt telescopic steering column for full size chevrolet? if not what other years used it? or what other makes in the GM line had them besides Caddy's.


 
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mssl72 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-16-03 09:50 PM - Post#196388    
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I do know that 1966 was the only year for the tilt-tele steering column in full size Chevy's. It wasn't just an option only for the Caprice, Impala's had them too. One dead give-away what car the column came from is that Caprice columns had chrome knobs on the tilt, signal and shift levers (for column shift). Impalas had black knobs. I don't know if any other division of Chevrolet had tilt-tele columns beside Cadillac.
Mark
1966 L72/M20 Caprice
1974 Z28/M40 Camaro


 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 02:15 AM - Post#196389    
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The 66 Chevrolet tel/tilt is pretty well by itself, although
other versions were put into other cars. In the 70's, Cadillacs, Olds, Buicks, and Corvettes all had them as options, but they had the ignition switch in them.

Jim
Member 65-66 Full Size Chevrolet Club

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Randy_W 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 02:37 AM - Post#196390    
    In response to mssl72

" I don't know if any other division of Chevrolet had tilt-tele columns beside Cadillac."
There are no other divisions of Chevrolet, Chevy is a div. of GM, just like Pontiac, Buick, Olds, Caddy and GMC and now Saturn. As for the tilt tele wheel it was avail. in Pontiacs. It could have been avail in others as well I don't know.
Randy

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thefixit 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 09:56 AM - Post#196391    
    In response to Randy_W

So with all that being said, Is the tilt/tele is a rare option?

 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 01:20 PM - Post#196392    
    In response to thefixit

I'd say it's very rare. Just go and try to find one .
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Anonymous 

Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 04:50 PM - Post#196393    
    In response to 67SS427


Do they look simular to this? or is this a different tilt telescopic column?

http://community.webshots.com/photo/65930311/65932312DQzqJG
http://community.webshots.com/photo/65930311/65932352wKYoqz
http://community.webshots.com/photo/65930311/65931447yCCNyA

 
BigDogSS 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-17-03 09:02 PM - Post#196394    
    In response to 67SS427

There's one on eBay right now!
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible - Ermine White C1
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 - Marina Blue FF
    1996 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LT1
    2001 Ford F250 CC 4x4



 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 01:55 AM - Post#196395    
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Thats the one.Looks like the ones I've seen.
1969 Camaro SS 396/T400
1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955 Chevy 3100 2nd series
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 
Randy_W 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 02:34 AM - Post#196396    
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Nice socks, dude!
Randy

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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 03:06 AM - Post#196397    
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That is not a 66 Chevy column. Looks like a Caddy to me.

Jim
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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
txturbo 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 05:09 AM - Post#196398    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Looks like all the Chevy tilt/telescopic columns I've seen. Just looked at an original 66 Impala a couple weekends ago that had one just like the picture.
1969 Camaro SS 396/T400
1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955 Chevy 3100 2nd series
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 
thefixit 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 02:13 PM - Post#196399    
    In response to txturbo

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33704&item=2406681203&rd=1

 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 03:17 PM - Post#196400    
    In response to

If you will compare the third picture that shows the attachment base with the one on E-bay, you will note that your picture shows three mounting holes whereas the Impala has four.

Additionally on the Impala it can be seen that there is no clamp as the column since the Impala column is held in the plate with rubber. In your third picture that shows the mounting plate there are no attaching tabs for the carpet trim, as there is on the Impala. The turn signal and tilt levers look different from the Impala.

I am not positive as to what column you have but it is not a 66 Impala column. The column on E-bay is a 66 and it looks just like the one in the assembly manual. If you compare pictures carfully it will be apparent as to their differences.

I can take a pic of my tilt/tel in my 66 if it would be helpful to you, (it does not have the shifter as my car has the console). Also, if you don't have an assembly manual, I can fax you the illustrations on the tel/tilt column.

Jim
Member 65-66 Full Size Chevrolet Club

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Anonymous 

Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 04:14 PM - Post#196401    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

This column came with a bunch of 59 parts I purchaced, I do not know what it is for, I knew that the Impala has a tilt tele column in 66 but not for sure in any other year, My column is simular, since I am missing the center cap, it's hard to identify, I cannot find any markings.
The reason I took a photo of the lower column is for the turn signal switch, the steering wheel is also different than the one on ebay, mine is at 3 and 9 o'clock where that one is 8 and 4, mine has an aluminum collar at the top near the wheel, I guess that tells me it could be Pontiac or who knows, but with the closness in columns such as the tele knob(for the lack of a better desription)looks to be the same, so with all that said it appears to be a GM column. at least it's for a floor shift

 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 06:30 PM - Post#196402    
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The firewall plate looks like a Pontiac.
Randy

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mssl72 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-18-03 10:38 PM - Post#196403    
    In response to thefixit

How rare is it? Here's a figure to put to it. Out of 1,499,878 full size Chevy's there were 17,484 tilt-tele (N37) columns installed in the 1966 production run. For comparison, out of that same figure 447,011 (30 %) had deluxe air conditioning . They are tough to find, especially complete ones. The column in the pictures that 59fins took is not Chevrolet as JimKshortstep4X4 pointed out. Very possibly another, ahem, division of GM. It also could be Chrysler. The stainless (aluminum?) part and tilt/signal levers look a lot like Chrysler columns I have seen. Saginaw was the OEM supplier for GM and Chrysler tilt-tele columns.
Mark
1966 L72/M20 Caprice
1974 Z28/M40 Camaro


 
Anonymous 

Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-21-03 01:30 PM - Post#196404    
    In response to mssl72

So I have a rare column but don't know what it is? I guess I could stick it on ebay, they always like to correct you there on what you have...... he he

Thanks for the info guys, Ill shoot from the hip on this one.

 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-21-03 02:15 PM - Post#196405    
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Question; I know Impalas got black handled levers but didn't SS's get the chrome handled turn and tilt levers?

Dan
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Randy_W 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-21-03 03:21 PM - Post#196406    
    In response to ss3964spd

Dan, I think it was Caprices that got chrome.
Randy

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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-21-03 05:50 PM - Post#196407    
    In response to Randy_W

The '66 Caprice tilt I once had, did have chrome levers.
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mssl72 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-21-03 10:00 PM - Post#196408    
    In response to 62BillT

Only Caprice had chrome lever knobs. Impala's were black even if it was an SS. Also for the record Oldsmobile Toronado's had tilt-tele columns. I saw 2 1966 Toronado's today at the boneyard and they both had them.

Hey Bill H/59fins, post pictures of the signal/tilt levers and the tele lock ring. Try to get as close as possible so I can see some detail without being out of focus. I think your column may be Chrysler. I have a tilt-tele from a 1966 Plymouth Fury in the garage that I'll have to dig out and then I can compare your pictures to what I have. At least maybe we can narrow it down to a manufacturer.

Mark
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1974 Z28/M40 Camaro


 
Anonymous 

Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-22-03 05:51 AM - Post#196409    
    In response to mssl72


here are some more pics, this is all of the pics, I can post more.

http://community.webshots.com/album/65930311mhgHJE

http://community.webshots.com/user/59fins

 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-22-03 09:39 AM - Post#196410    
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You know it may be a Mopar unit, cause most GM stuff has a half moon shaped plug.
Randy

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mssl72 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-23-03 10:11 PM - Post#196411    
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Hey Bill/59fins,
I checked out the Chrysler tilt-tele column that I have and the steering wheel is exactly like the one you have. Same horn buttons with the wood grain and stainless cover just below the wheel. Tilt and signal levers I have somewhere else. The tele lock ring is the same as yours too. The column I have, as I said before, is from a 1966 Plymouth Fury. When I saw yours it rang a bell with me. I don't know if yours if from the same model car/year, but it's definately Chrysler. I hope you have the horn button somewhere. That would make it complete. Good luck on ebay with it.
Mark
1966 L72/M20 Caprice
1974 Z28/M40 Camaro


 
Anonymous 

Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
03-24-03 03:16 AM - Post#196412    
    In response to mssl72

Mark,
Thanks for taking the time to hunt it down.


 
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Re: 66 caprice tilt telescopic steering column
04-01-03 05:40 PM - Post#196413    
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I've got one in my 65 Impala. It was transplanted in before I bought it. It has a aftermarket wheel without a horn ring. If you run across a wheel and horn ring let me know.

 
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