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Converting to '68+ steering shaft 120-130

I have a refreshed '68+ style steering box with the break-away style shaft. Installing it has been near the bottom of the to-do list for several months as I focused on the brakes and suspension, but it's worked it way to the top as other projects have been completed.

I'm wondering how much much of the upper steering column I need to take apart to install it. Is the "upper tube" that has the bearings and is bolted to the dash (the steering shaft passes THROUGH the tube) the same between the two steering setups? Not needing to remove that portion looks like it would save considerable effort, so if they are the same I'll simply leave the old one in there. I do have the one from the 68 if it is necessary to swap them out. Some eyeball checking with a tape measure seems to indicate they are at least similar in length (~12").

Since my car is an automatic, there is significantly more stuff in that region to complicate removal and reassembly . . . hence the reason I'd like to avoid it unless it's necessary.

 





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    Hello,

    It might be possible to install the later upper steering column shaft without removing the tube, but I have always removed it.

    I also suggest that you remove the steering box first as it will give you more maneuvering room in the engine compartment.

    After removing the steering wheel, bezel pieces, and shifter parts, you can loosen the 2 clamp bolts under the dash to remove the tube.

    You do not need to remove the shifter shaft, but you will need to removed the support cage along with the shifter handle.

    P.S. This is the only good time to replace the foam steering column seal mounted under the dash at the firewall.
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    Eric
    Hi Performance Automotive Service (formerly OVO or Old Volvos Only)
    Torrance, CA 90502

     




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      Converting to '68+ steering shaft 120-130

      Sounds like it's worth it to take the upper shaft section out first, measure it against the 68 one, and see how similar they are side by side before taking the upper tube out.

      Is the firewall foam not "split" on one side to allow you to install it with the shaft in place? Seems like that'd be the logical way to do it?

      Thanks as always.

       




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        Hello,

        The original firewall foam seal does not have a split and does not seal properly if you cut it.
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        Eric
        Hi Performance Automotive Service (formerly OVO or Old Volvos Only)
        Torrance, CA 90502

         




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