Steering column interchange

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  1. kmccabe56

    kmccabe56 Well-Known Member

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    I've about given up on finding an "F" body floorshift TILT steering column, so I'm wondering if anyone has ever used a "J" body column in an "F" body?
     
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    XfbodyX Well-Known Member

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    Just remember the huge majority of 76 Fs use a one year specific harness connector on the turn signal portion, I cant recall at the moment if the ign switch portion is different. Actually its a 76 A body connector.
     
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    volare 77 Well-Known Member

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    76 Ignition switch is the flat connector like earlier mopars. Then 77 went to the curved ign switch connector.
     
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    F body Deconstructor Jim Well-Known Member

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    Worth a try. Wiring would be the only issue that jumps right out at me.
    I'd imagine it would bolt right up.

    I have an F floor shift column in my 72 Demon.
    Swapped the firewall plate and bolted it in.
     
  5. kmccabe56

    kmccabe56 Well-Known Member

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    I'm dealing with a '79, so that shouldn't be a problem.
     
  6. kmccabe56

    kmccabe56 Well-Known Member

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    I'm fine with finding/getting a column if I know it's going to work, but I'm a cheapskate when it comes to spending money on experiments. Guess I need to see what a tilt/floor shift column goes for. As I said, I've had ZERO luck finding an F-body column. Maybe Js are more plentiful.
     
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    I can't say for sure but, I would THINK an M-body column would bolt in and finding one of those with tilt should be a lot easier than a J-body.
     
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    M-Body is the same,but not many floor shift models were built
     
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    DOH! Hadn't thought of that. :cool:
     
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    Aspen500 Well-Known Member

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    DOH! Hadn't thought of that. :cool:
     
  11. kmccabe56

    kmccabe56 Well-Known Member

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    Yes. those I can find, but they're all column shift. I'm looking for a floor shift with no lever on the column.
     
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    Good luck finding a J body floor shift tilt column,was looking for over a year and finally dumped the car because parts are PIA..
    Jbody ONLY
    M&F body same never seen a floor shift M body though...
     
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    Floor shift M-bodies are incredibly rare, only 2-door.
     
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    Right and then optioned for it even rarer..
     
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    Column shift columns can be converted, but you need parts from tilt/floor shift column from an 80s front drive, or 1st gen Dakota
     
  16. BudW

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    I investigated this a long time ago (25+ years ago).

    As far as the column goes, there are six (6) basic groups of columns used in all FMJ vehicles:
    - ’76-79 FM tilt columns (note: other than a few minor odds/ends and wheels, there is not much that interchanges with the other 5 groups).
    - ’76-79 FM non-tilt columns (note: other than a few minor odds/ends and wheels, there is not much that interchanges with the other 5 groups).
    - ’80-89 FM tilt columns
    - ’80-89 FM non-tilt columns
    - ’80-83 J tilt columns.
    - ’80-83 J non-tilt columns.
    These last 4 groups – there is a lot of interchangeable parts between them.

    Of the 6 groupings, there are column shift, floor shift automatics and floor shifted manuals (all three are slightly different). I’ve been told they made column shifted manual columns (three speed on the tree) – but I have yet to see one (yet).

    Chrysler changed electrical plug-ins and other electrical parts every couple of years – so there is not much electrical interchangeability between all 6 groupings. If you have an electrical part that has a different pigtail on it, in most cases, the pigtail connector can be interchanged and/or electrical pigtail can be cut off and soldered back on.

    The floor mount (at firewall) is the same for all FMJ’s (and only to FMJ’s).

    The overall length is the same on all FMJ’s.

    The dash mount is different on J’s vs. F & M’s. If you look closely, the dash mount is a few inches more forward (closer to the firewall) on the J’s, because of the dash design difference.

    I’m sure a person can alter the dash mount bracket to fit a J into an FM or vice versa) – but you would need both columns and several measurements to make sure its welded back in correct place.
    Also, I recommend dissembling the entire column before welding, just to make sure you don’t damage the bearings or other electrical components (if welding is to take place).

    The upper portion of '80-89 columns is the same for pretty much all Chrysler cars/trucks (except for Omni/Horizon (L body) and vans) made in the ‘80’s, so a person can find floor shifted (manual or automatic) front wheel drive, pickup or Dakota column and can transfer/interchange (the upper) parts to convert a ’80-89 column, if wanted.

    I’ve also heard the ‘80’s GM steering columns used many of the same parts (Chrysler used Saginaw (GM) for their ’80-90ish columns) – so that might also open up other possibilities. I’ve not looked close enough to know for sure.

    The same applies to '76-79 non-tilt columns. The upper part interchanges with most of the '70-79 vehicles (to adapt into a floor shifted car).
    I don't recall seeing many '70-79 floor shifted tilt columns - so if made, those column parts would be hard to find).

    I hope this helps.
    BudW
     
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    Sounds spot on...
    That's WHY I sold my J could not find a parts car/ column here in Phoenix...
    And after finding out J ONLY it just pissed me off more..