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Cool...thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
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I got the part # wrong, it is 3B661, not 38661. I thought I had read about this obsolete part here on FSB, but it was on Ford-Trucks. See post #7 for the info I was referencing.

Tilt column with cruise, swap or repair? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

It appears that my question about using parts from a car column would work too according to the info that NumberDummy provides in that post. You mentioned "fix the original column, don't try to adapt car column"....well, if the truck column is broken and no parts available, then necessity is the mother of all invention, falling back to the car column.
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I've never seen anyone adapt a car column to a truck. Fix the original column and your good.
It would be far easier to fix the truck column than try to adapt a car column to the truck. Now if they are identical in length then it's a no brainer. I doubt they are identical though.
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Looking at the reassembly procedure, on picture 5 of the supermotors link, it says to see Fig 12 showing how to reassemble the two tilt halves using a C clamp. Anyone have that picture/diagram?

It looks like to take this apart is just removing the two pins, one on each side of the upper & lower tilt pieces. I'd like to see how the C clamp comes into play for reassembly as I can tell the spring is going to want push the two pieces apart during reassembly. Thank you in advance.
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Looking at the reassembly procedure, on picture 5 of the supermotors link, it says to see Fig 12 showing how to reassemble the two tilt halves using a C clamp. Anyone have that picture/diagram?

It looks like to take this apart is just removing the two pins, one on each side of the upper & lower tilt pieces. I'd like to see how the C clamp comes into play for reassembly as I can tell the spring is going to want push the two pieces apart during reassembly. Thank you in advance.
Here is a link to all my pics might help.

Index of /79 PRETTY/TILT STEERING COL

I don't recall using a C-clamp to install pins. Spring pressure was not that great, IIRC.
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Back at this months later. I have the 2 tilt halves apart and can get to the nut that holds the "U joint" block together. How have others held the bolt head and the nut at the same time so the nut can be spun off or tightened? With the U joint flopped over you can only get to one side with a wrench. I tried wedging a screwdriver in against the bolt head and it works with marginal success to tighten or loosen the nut with a 7/16" wrench. Any tricks to get at both with a wrench?

I read in this thread or another one that it's best to replace the lock nut that holds the U joint block together. Well, I don't have that nut ready to go...is it a factory only special lock nut or just some sort of common and available lock nut? I was thinking about trying blue lock tite on it....anyone else done that with long term success?

Lastly, I can tell that nut can't be tightened too much or the U joint action will go away due to it being too tight. Is there a torque spec for this connection?
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I am looking to replace my whole column with a new custom tilt one dose anyone know the column length?

32" Chrome Tilt Steering Column Tilt w/ Shift Indicator Automatic BONUS ADAPTER | eBay
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I am looking to replace my whole column with a new custom tilt one dose anyone know the column length?

32" Chrome Tilt Steering Column Tilt w/ Shift Indicator Automatic BONUS ADAPTER | eBay
I can measure tonight...............

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Thanks I think its 32" just want some confirmation from everyone else
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From the back surface of steering wheel (where is meets trim that covers tilt wheel mechanism), to end of metal tube is 29.25 inches. Same dimensions to end of splined shaft (that connects to steering shaft) is 31" even.

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do you have any pictures of the wireing harness plug i had to replace the turn switch on my tilt column but when i unpluded everything i forgot to take a picture or write down what colors go where so now none of my signals or flashers work.
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I have the pictures for a non-tilt 79 harness. Hope they help!

1979 Ford Bronco column harness pics| SuperMotors.net

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If it wasn't so expensive,$800, I would buy a replacement column from Idiot. They make a replacement column that has the dash bracket already weld to the tube.
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lol I talked with a guy at Texas Throwdown he used a 30" column in his 77 f150 that he used GM parts LS1 motor and so on it was actually pretty funny but there are some good column replacements around $400 GM style
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