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Post by Hawk03 on Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:42 pm

thatfnthing wrote:Man, that car looks good!  Nice work!

The white panels and seats make a great contrast, but making sure they stay white would keep me awake at night. Smile

Thanks! There's plenty of ways to clean the white if it gets dirty. Everything but the seats are painted so if its too bad, I can just touch it up Very Happy

g3chevy - I finally installed the tilt column! The hybrid shaft was the key and it works great. There is one issue though. There is a squeak in the lower part of the column when turning. It sounds like a bad bushing type squeal, so I'm guessing something needs to be greased. There is a slight grind feeling too. Any ideas?

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Post by g3chevy on Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:35 pm

I think on 76 and 77 model steering columns they used a plastic retainer and bushing setup. If I remember correctly this was a 75 column so it may have actual ball bearings and a metal race and bushing assembly. With it installed you can spray it clean with a can of brake cleaner and if you have a needle attachment for your grease gun you can inject grease back into the bearings and it should operate smoothly. You can do the same with the newer style plastic bushing as well. Another option is to remove the intermediate shaft and remove the bearing/bushing assembly from the end of the steering column while still installed in the vehicle then clean and grease it on the bench. Hope this helps. If you have any issues after that send me a PM and I'll give you my cell and we can figure out either way.

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Post by testpilot61 on Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:02 am

What gages did you install? They look great. Were you able to use the existing holes in the dash for your gages?
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Post by Hawk03 on Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:49 pm

g3chevy wrote:I think on 76 and 77 model steering columns they used a plastic retainer and bushing setup. If I remember correctly this was a 75 column so it may have actual ball bearings and a metal race and bushing assembly. With it installed you can spray it clean with a can of brake cleaner and if you have a needle attachment for your grease gun you can inject grease back into the bearings and it should operate smoothly. You can do the same with the newer style plastic bushing as well. Another option is to remove the intermediate shaft and remove the bearing/bushing assembly from the end of the steering column while still installed in the vehicle then clean and grease it on the bench. Hope this helps. If you have any issues after that send me a PM and I'll give you my cell and we can figure out either way.

Thanks! That helps and it does feel like ball bearings. I will have to dig into it in a few weeks.

testpilot61 wrote:What gages did you install? They look great. Were you able to use the existing holes in the dash for your gages?
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Thank you! I have Autometer electric fuel, volts, temp and oil pressure gauges. The speedo and tach are factory with a white overlay. I had to widen the holes in the bezel to make the gauges fit. I also had to cut the gauge bracket to make it fit. I made my own wiring harness too.

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Post by Hawk03 on Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:06 pm

Installed the rear coilovers. I might adjust the shocks to stiffen the ride some but it rides good with no adjustment.

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Post by thatfnthing on Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:10 pm

That looks fantastic!
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Post by impalamonte on Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:54 am

Lookin' good!! Thumbs up
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Post by g3chevy on Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:26 am

Wow, that gives it a great stance!
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