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Username Post: Original 51 Chevy Bel Air steering column        (Topic#365491)
51chevy Bel-Air 
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51chevy Bel-Air
Age: 65
Loc: Delano Tennessee
Reg: 09-29-20
06-11-21 10:48 AM - Post#2821487    

Has anybody use the original 1951 Belair steering column and connected it to a Mustang 2 independent front suspension with rack and pinion

51 Chevy Bel-Air Carrie 9inch limited slip rear end 350 gear ratio 700 R4 Transmission 67 model 302 engine Mustang 2 independent front suspension


 


hpva 
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hpva
Age: 67
Loc: Kinderhook NY
Reg: 03-31-13
06-11-21 12:33 PM - Post#2821491    
    In response to 51chevy Bel-Air

No but I used my 1954 BelAir steering column when I changed to an independent front end. I also used the original three on the tree shifting mechanism.



 
51chevy Bel-Air 
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51chevy Bel-Air
Age: 65
Loc: Delano Tennessee
Reg: 09-29-20
06-11-21 01:20 PM - Post#2821492    
    In response to hpva

Did you I have to take your steering gear part and cut off the worm gear

51 Chevy Bel-Air Carrie 9inch limited slip rear end 350 gear ratio 700 R4 Transmission 67 model 302 engine Mustang 2 independent front suspension


 
hpva 
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hpva
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Loc: Kinderhook NY
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06-12-21 03:07 AM - Post#2821510    
    In response to 51chevy Bel-Air

Yes I cut the whole steering gear off.



 
flatout 
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flatout
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06-13-21 06:43 AM - Post#2821558    
    In response to 51chevy Bel-Air

I don't believe I have any photos, but I've done it before.

1. Measure how far the shaft sticks out of the tube on the steering wheel end.
2. Remove the shaft/worm gear from the tube.
3. Cut the tube to the length you want.
4. Make an acetal bushing (or a sleeve to accommodate a bearing) to support the shaft and put it in the end of the tube.
5. Cut the shaft at the correct location taking into account the extra length needed at the steering wheel end. Be sure it extends through the tube on the steering box end far enough to be able to install a lock collar and a steering U-Joint.
6. Machine flats on the shaft to install a 3/4" DD steering U-Joint.
7. Reassemble. Install a lock collar on the lower end to prevent the shaft from moving up.

I think this covers it.



Edited by flatout on 06-13-21 06:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
hpva 
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hpva
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06-14-21 04:06 AM - Post#2821584    
    In response to flatout

I have instruction sheet from the now closed Jim Meyer Racing. I bought their independent front end 5 years ago for my 54 and their instruction sheet made the job easy.



 


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