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78 TA Tilt / non-tilt Steering Column Question

Started by y88se, August 18, 2007, 10:59:13 AM

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78 TA Tilt / non-tilt Steering Column Question
Can you swap a non-tilt to a tilt column without rewiring.
I need to hear from someone who has preformed this procedure.


{78 TA Non-tilt Steering Column / To Tilt Column Conversion }

To try to make a long story short; yes you can; if you can manage finding a tilt wheel steering column from out of a '78 T/A, from an Auto Chop Shop / it should take you about 2.25 Hrs. to 3.50 Hrs. to install if your in no hurry, I my self preformed this procedure to one of my cars for the very first time when I was just a young teenager,
(That is to say it's not to hard to do)

I would like to point out to you that you may half to do some miscellaneous repairs and or work, before installation such as:

.Repaint the steering column to match your original steering column.

.Transferring your original Steering wheel too the replacement
  steering column.

.You may want to transfer your Ignition Lock / course on the other
  hand Auto bone Yards usually leave the keys in the ignition so if your
  not to picky that transfer is optional.

.Inspect all of the electrical an non-electrical components for damage
  or defects:

  Wiring, Ignition Switch, Turn Signal Lever (Cruse Control Switch if so
  equipped), Tilt Lever, Neutral Start Back-up Switch, Hazard Warning
  Switch & Knob etc.

  .You may want to purchase a shop service manual or manuals of the
  year or years to familiarize yourself with the electrical diagrams and
  components if needed, especially if your forced to choose a another
  year '76,'77,79,80 etc. etc. G.M. is known to make some changes
   from year to year with some electrical! ( To Play It Safe )

                                                 Hope This Helps  ;D

                                                     From   Justin L. Kwarta
I am a NFTAC, Member and I was at one time an auto mechanic working for a local GM dealer here in my home town back in the mid-to late '80's now  I currently enjoy working on my own Pontiac's especially on my '85 T/A // making maintenance repairs, repairs, modifications and performance modifications I also enjoy meeting and /or talking to other Firebird & T/A owners an get into technical debates;hopefully just as long as the debate's doesn't go into a to heated argument.

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