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Old 12-03-2011, 09:40 PM
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Tilt column, rear leaf springs

I am looking for a tilt column for a 73-79 2wd pickup, prefer without shifter but the auto shifter ones are more common so I'll take whatever turns up. Must be useable out of the box, in good shape with a decent wheel. Color not important, and looks not important, but function matters.
I also need rear leaf springs for a 68-72 F250 2wd with the flex-o-matic setup. Heavier GVW springs preferred.
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Optional tilt wheel feature introduced in 1978, more commonly found in Ranger XLT's and Lariats.

Have you considered having your rear springs re-arced by a spring shop?

1968/72 F250 2WD rear spring load rates: 1650 / 1890 / 1950 / 2450 / 2740 / 2890.

Parts catalog does not list with/without Flex-O-Matic, so I looked at the dimension charts.

All the above load rate springs are 24" > > eye bolt < < 32"
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I still need to get a good pic of the springs. The front of the left side spring is bent in an upward arch, between the eye and the start of the second leaf. The result of too much power, too much weight and 40 year old springs. I would not trust these springs to be re-arched, eventually it will be going to a three link rear with coils and air assist, but I need something I can just throw under there and not worry about for a little while.
As far as the column, I have pulled tilt columns out of pre-78 trucks, they look correct in there so I'm hoping to include those while excluding the 80+ style. I know they weren't offered in 78, but not everyone knows that and parts get swapped around all the time. I just want to make sure if someone is parting out a 73-77 that has a tilt column swapped in it, that they don't see this ad and pass it up because it's not the right year range.
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What does a tilt column go for these days? I have a 79 I was going to use in my 77 but I may not put the 77 back together alittle undecided as of yet
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I would stay away from the tilt columns. They are significantly more complex than the standard and only half of the tilt joint is available for replacment (that I have found, LMC carries only half of it). The tilt in my '79 was galled up and made it so I couldn't shift anymore. Since parts weren't available, I smoothed up the surfaces best I could with find sandpaper and reassembled with anti-seize in the joint. It's working for now, but it feels a little sloppy. I'll probably eventually put a non-tilt column in it. I find I usually have it set near where the non-tilt column is anyway.
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What does a tilt column go for these days? I have a 79 I was going to use in my 77 but I may not put the 77 back together alittle undecided as of yet
I'm really not sure. I still need to get together with you to get that hubcap as well. It's been a pain of a week already, the engine in my wife's Suburban let go so now I'm really scrambling. Not something I have funds to fix right now, and the only multi-seat vehicle we have.
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For the years you listed, 79 was the only one for tilt without a shifter. Very rare and expensive. Also all were black. Ford vans of the same era came with tilt columns, maybe they could be adapted? Do know the overall lenght is longer for a van column.
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If it is a shifter column, I can make a cover collar to fix that.
I want to make my truck very nice. I have already swapped in power steering, power disk brakes, I'm wrapping up a 7.3IDI and ZF5speed swap, and will be starting on the bodywork in the spring. Going with a classy two-tone green paint scheme, and a plush 90s seat with an armrest. A tilt column will be a great addition.
While I appreciate the information given here, I would rather just hear from those who have the parts I am looking for, rather than those who are pointing out the negative. My skill level is sufficient to modify parts to work within my needs.
All I care about is that the joint doesn't flop all over the place, the wheel isn't bent or badly cracked, and the universal joint is decently tight. If the paint is scratched, it's some odd shade of brown or green or blue, it doesn't matter. If the shifter mount is broken, that doesn't matter either.
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I have a tilt column from a 1978 Ford E350 van. NOT complete. No steering wheel, turn signal or hazard swith. Auto. Good for parts.
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I'm not sure of the compatibility of the van column- Let me look into that and get back to you.
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The van column is longer, plus I forgot they have a universal and slip joint at the base (typically) rather than the "foot" for the rag joint.
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No problem on the waiting, the hubcap is not going anywhere, and if we work something out on the column fine if not thats fine too, its a cruise /tilt column with the adapter for the rag joint on the bottom it was good and tight last time I drove it, just the time of year I think I might need money more than a tilt column, might be able to trade something too you never know..
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I'm not sure of the compatibility of the van column- Let me look into that and get back to you.
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The van column is longer, plus I forgot they have a universal and slip joint at the base (typically) rather than the "foot" for the rag joint.
You're right it is longer. If IRMC it has a splined shaft at the bottom. Thought you might want it for parts only from the tilt mechanism.
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also the 77-79 Mark V has same column as the van. titl parts are same as truck. i got a few of them. goin to put the igntion housing on my truck column so i can lock the wheel like on chevy trucks. dont know why ford waited till 1980 to lock the columns.
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