Project Speed Bump: Part 10
Part 10: 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.