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Old 06-29-2020, 06:22 AM
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how do i go about modifying the steering shaft on a 79 firebird to convert it manual steering... can i install one of those universal shafts with the two universal joints? or is there a better way. im sure somebody here has done it right?

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Old 06-29-2020, 09:51 AM
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My 79 Camaro I used I think a late 80s "4 bolt" S-10 manual box and Borgeson U joints.

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Old 06-29-2020, 12:28 PM
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I have the manual box now. But the rag joint and steering rod is one peice.

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Yep they make a new rag rubber potion that bolts on to the old shaft. I used one of those on my 81 TA. I think I saw some guy maybe on a Camaro site that rebuilds the whole shaft. I just used a Borgeson double D end collapsible shaft with U joints on both ends on the 79 Camaro. The end on the column drill the hole larger to use the a through bolt like the factory did. Just got a longer metric for it.

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Old 06-29-2020, 08:00 PM
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what if i cut the current stock intermediate shaft where it thins out to 3/4...and use one of those aftermarket universals with the universal joints on them? woulth that work?

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