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Hi all.

I am currently rebuilding a patina'd '78 B100 shorty over here in the UK and would like some info on my steering column please.
Very long story short, the van originally left the factory with a slant 6, column change manual transmission, manual steering and manual brakes.....very basic.
However, it now has a 318 and auto 727 tranny all fitted by a previous owner. The guy who did the conversion utilised the column shifter so that it now operates the auto tranny and that seems to work fine.
It still has manual steering and brakes.

I want to fit power steering and have everything to do the job, pump, pipes, rebuilt steering box, etc....all off a '78 van.

The power steering box is about 2-3" taller than the original manual box, so the steering column is now an issue.
My steering column is fixed (non tilting) & has just the ignition barrel and indicator stalk fitted, no cruise, no wash wipe, basic basic basic.

My question is.....

Is the internal steering column on a slider?

I know some cars have a 'D' shaped construction in the column whereby a male section slides through a female section, only I've been told by someone that he's sure this is the case with my Dodge.....if it is, that would save me trying to find another column, which is rare as hens teeth over here.

Any help and advise would be greatly appriciated.

Kind Regards, Jase.

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You need a different steering column for power steering. They are not adjustable for length.
 

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I see tilt & non-tilt columns for manual or automatic (A727) gearboxes. The manual & power steering use a different shafts/flanges (#49) & couplings (#53/55). The 3-speed manual would be shifted on the column, the 4-speed OD manual (A833) would have a floor shifter.
The column jacket is collapsible with a crush-force. A non-serviceable sliding coupling is under the column jacket lattice (#33).
Column service is best performed when removed from the vehicle and placed on a bench.


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As much as it's going to be financially painful you really are going to have to bite the bullet and have a column shipped in from the U.S. Yes, there are sliding elements in the existing column for crash safety, but there's no way to modify the column without losing its ability to telscope in a crash. The thing you have going for you is that the column you need is by far the most common one.
 
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