Pro­ject Speed Bump: Part 10

Part 10: Do-It-Your­self Steer­ing

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY SEAN P. HOL­MAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SEAN P. HOL­MAN

Do-it-your­self steer­ing

When you last saw Pro­ject Speed Bump, it was at LGE-CTS Mo­tor­sports get­ting some color laid down and fi­nally look­ing like the vi­sion in our heads. While the hard part of all the paint and body is (mostly) be­hind us, there is still a ton of work to com­plete, in­clud­ing fig­ur­ing out what to do with our steer­ing sys­tem.

As those of you who have been fol­low­ing our progress know, we pre­vi­ously swapped in a Crown Vic front clip with a Ford fac­tory steer­ing rack, and the cab had to be re­placed with one from a dif­fer­ent truck. This left us with no fac­tory col­umn to work with and off to re­search af­ter­mar­ket op­tions.

What we came across was a di­rect-re­place­ment “Retro­fit” col­umn from ididit. Known for mak­ing high­qual­ity columns that come with ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary for a do-it-your­selfer to in­stall at home, ididit was the per­fect choice for Pro­ject Speed Bump. It’s im­por­tant to note the GM-based ididit Retro­fit columns are not stock. They are de­signed with the idea that you’ll be us­ing an af­ter­mar­ket steer­ing wheel and that the dash and fire­wall have not been mod­i­fied from stock—check and check for Speed Bump.

For the ’67-to-’72 Ford F-100 ap­pli­ca­tions, ididit de­signed one col­umn for both two- and four-wheel-drive trucks, with ei­ther man­ual or power steer­ing. The key is in the vari­able-length col­umn that uses a slid­ing lower shaft to change length. This makes it a nice fea­ture for those who aren’t sure if their truck is us­ing a Bendix or Sag­i­naw box, or for a build like ours that uses a rack and pin­ion setup. One col­umn for all these ap­pli­ca­tions means less work for you when the time comes to fig­ure out which part num­ber your truck re­quires.

They are also de­signed for a per­fect fit and are avail­able in sev­eral con­fig­u­ra­tions and fin­ishes, in­clud­ing the pow­der­coated black tilt and col­umn shift model we se­lected for our build. Be­cause they are GM-based, you won’t be able to use your fac­tory Ford wheel, and an ididit in­stal­la­tion kit is in­cluded to con­nect your new col­umn’s GM plug to your fac­tory wiring. For our ap­pli­ca­tion, we chose the 3/4-36 lower shaft, eight-po­si­tion tilt, as well as a col­umn shifter. Dif­fer­ent op­tions are avail­able, de­pend­ing on your in­di­vid­ual needs.

With ev­ery­thing ididit in­cludes with the col­umn, in­stal­la­tion only took a few hours, in­clud­ing mak­ing our link­age to con­nect the col­umn to the steer­ing rack. If your truck is in need of a new col­umn, check out ididit for a qual­ity re­place­ment and ef­fort­less in­stall.

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