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Tilt columns: Specific differences?
#1
I have a tilt assembly for my '71 that I purchased long ago to convert the OE straight assembly to. I do not know what year the tilt came out of.

I have come to understand that the '71-72 are the same, and '73 is by itself and not interchangeable.

True or no?
What are the differences, as in how can mine be ID'd? Is there an engineering number that gives it away?

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#2
Oh wow - that's a great question. The tilt on mine was tired and worn out, so I bought a tilt column on ebay. Paid way too much for it, and discovered it was broken when I received it. So, I took them both apart and found that different things were wrong with each column. What did I do, built a "good" column out of both bad ones.

I have no idea if there were any major differences, nor do I know what year the column I received was from. But I did notice a slight different in the hard parts - specifically, the tilt pieces themselves. The ebay column had a slight different shaft-side pivot, but the wheel-side fit into the original column just fine - so I went for it. Other than that, both seemed pretty identical to me.

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Hope that somehow helps.

Eric

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#3
This link may help. http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/arch...53289.html
Says turn signal and ignition switches are different. What else...? It also lists a resource for parts and repair. Chuck
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#4
That's good news guys.
I'll be removing the original column soon to compare. Dash is coming out to facilitate an OE air conditioning swap along with soundproofing/freshening of everything else that is interior.

As long as the tilt column bolts up and takes the key/tumbler from the straight one, I should be good. Maybe then I can figure out what year it actually is for future replacement parts reference.

Many thanks!
Pete

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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