Steering wheel size

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  1. Doc76251

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    Silly question but, what is the diameter for a 77 -79 stock Ranchero/T-bird.......... steering wheel. I have this little 14" thing and it is annoying me.

    OBTW looking for a steering column w/ tilt from a non automatic 1977 - 79 something

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  2. LSChero

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    Think stock wheel is 15" Doc.Never seen tilt steering column on floor shift car in this platform.I got tired of looking,gave one a shave.
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    Thanks LSC, I was thinking it was a bit bigger than 15" but then again that's why I'm asking. Yeah I had a feeling they would be hard to find. Never taken apart a steering wheel so I don't know much about what's inside. I was hoping somebody took one off a F-100, F-150 or Granada, I even seem to remember a floor shifter in an LTD II. It seems like the steering wheel was pretty common across the board. Not sure of the stuff "down shaft" tho.

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  4. handy_andy_cv64

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    Like I've said, I used a van column to rebuild my column, and used a late '80s truck steering wheel, but if you have good power steering, a big wheel is not necessary. I just use the truck one because it's black and leather-wrapped from the factory.
     
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    But your point of not having seen tilt on a manual column vs. a floor shift column, it may come down to the key cylinder lock mechanism on the manual column that prevents the use of a tilt mechanism, whereas the floor shifter automatics simply have the interlock linkage, which would still allow a tilt mechanism.
     
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    Details Man! DETAILS!! What van, what truck? Any chop, cut, weld or was it a direct bolt in of parts??

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    Doc
     
  7. colnago

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    I love the big steering wheels! That's one of the details that make me feel like I'm driving a classic car! Big, but obnoxiously skinny, and no leather wrapping. The leather wrapping is so '80s!

    Joseph
     
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  8. handy_andy_cv64

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    The '80s trucks and vans used the '70s car column heads. So everything bolts up. The only question is if a shaft can be put together that would work in your car's case. If I had had a phone with a camera at the time, I would've taken pics.
     
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    I used an '82 van column because it has the on-column quadrant. Otherwise, a pickup column should provide you with what you need.
     
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    And because I had two column shift automatic columns, the mashup was straightforward.
     

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