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modifying steering column

Postby gtv4wayne » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:10 pm

Im in the middle of fitting a 2.5 di and RHD conversion on my mk1 ,im fitting the suspension from a mk5,can anyone tell me how to modify the mk1 column,cheers
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Muttley » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:17 pm

Are you using the rack and pinion on the Mk5 subframe?
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby gtv4wayne » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:15 pm

Muttley wrote:Are you using the rack and pinion on the Mk5 subframe?


yeah.
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Muttley » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:56 pm

Use the column from the Mk5, you will need to cut and shut that with u/j’s to fit onto the rack
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby dumper » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:00 am

Would a A series fit they had a steering column with ujs not a full shaft from box to steering wheel
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby gtv4wayne » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:43 pm

Muttley wrote:Use the column from the Mk5, you will need to cut and shut that with u/j’s to fit onto the rack


Do you not mean use the mk1 column?
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Muttley » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:39 pm

The Mk1 column is part of the steering box, you could cut off the bottom and make a hybrid shaft but fixing the U/Js would be tricky as there would be no splines on the column.
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby gtv4wayne » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:58 pm

Muttley wrote:The Mk1 column is part of the steering box, you could cut off the bottom and make a hybrid shaft but fixing the U/Js would be tricky as there would be no splines on the column.


if i use the mk5 column why would i need to alter it as im fitting mk5 subframe,
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Luke » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:25 pm

like muttley says mk5 column is best all you need to do is cut off the part which bolts to the bulkhead and make another way of securing the lower end other than that it is a perfect fit
with mine i have used the top end casing of the mk1 to retain the indicators and cowl but you dont need to do that
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby gtv4wayne » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:34 am

Thanks for all the help lads,really appreciate it
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Soren » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:13 am

Hi
Is there anyone who has taken pictures of such operations ?
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Luke » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:35 pm

some pics on my thread here :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34477&start=180 but this wasn't the ifs conversion but i did use a mk3 steering box so its essentially the same :D
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby conrod » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:07 pm

I fitted a Mk3 power steering box into my Mk2. I wanted to keep the Mk2 switches, column surround and original ignition switch. I cut down the outer tube of the Mk2 column, and fitted the bearing at the lower end from a mk5 column. I then fitted the Mk5 steering shaft, I needed to weld the bush on for the steering lock mechanism, but very straightforward. Also needed a lower support bracket for the column, which I cut off the Mk5 column.
A bit of work, but reasonably straightforward, and looks factory!

See more here:
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Re: modifying steering column

Postby Soren » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:10 pm

Hi Conrod
Very nice job and perfect with all the pics
Thanks, i hope more of us will take fotos when we do jobs like this
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