Seems like the lower bearing is shot: the part that connects to the steering shaft wiggles around like there's no tomorrow. I have something sloppy in my ignition too, but that's probably another thread. Anyway...
I'm going to the pick and pull tomorrow morning to look for another column. I was planning on pulling one from a truck and replacing its bearings, on account of the fact that they're probably on their way out, but I understand that there might be some interchangeability with car models. What I'd like to learn is this:
-are there any Ford cars that used the same steering column as my 1989 f350 4x4? I have tilt, cruise control and a 5 speed manual. My searches have yielded information on later truck models, but nothing on my year.
I went to the jy, and found a decent condition column from a 1989 f250. it's a column shift, no tilt, no cruise control type. Will that work with my truck that has tilt and cruise control? I don't need/ want to keep the cc or tilt.
If you folks give me the go 'head, I'm swapping the ignition cylinders tomorrow and hopefully I'll be ready to roll.
that's what i was thinking when i decided to pull it.
the other thing with this jy column is that it didn't come with a key. but the tumbler spins and actuates the ignition switch rod. will i have trouble getting the tumbler out? or will i have to drill the retaining pin?
i'm going to be working on this tonight as soon as i get off work, so i guess i'll find out soon enough. it's just nice to be prepared.