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Old 10-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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53 Willys Jeep

What is the best steering column for a 53 willys jeep???

Just looking for suggestions.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Gonna need more info on what you are trying to do.

I used a cherokee column, they are plentiful and cheap.

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay well here is the deal. I bought this from my older brother (who is a loving member here) and the three things myself and my other brother thinks needs to be address are these.

1. New steering Column. Seems really loose up at the top of the steering wheel, lots of play.

2. When you let off the gas there is a serious howl coming from the transfer case/transmission. So we are considering changing it to an automatic transmission that is much quieter and isnt so low geared.

3. Needs new seats.

Those are the things that need addressed in my opinion and trust me when i say i am a NOVICE..
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Has the steering had a Saginaw conversion yet, or is the box still at the bottom of the stock column? If you plan on swapping to an automatic trans I hope the motor has been converted? You shouldn't do it with the stock 4 cylinder.
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I rock an early 70's Chevy car steering column with tilt. And a key on the column, THAT WORKS!
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well since it was my jeep before I sold it to him and I'm the oldest brother and I told him to come here and ask questions if he wanted to get great answers(just in case he didn't believe me )here's some info:

1953 cj3a

It has saginaw power steering, tilt column, even fire buick v6, sm420, o/d and dana 18, front is a dana 30 with detroit, rear a dana 44 with an ARB, with aftermarket shafts and disc brakes at all 4 corners....5.38 gears
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Okay well here is the deal. I bought this from my older brother (who is a loving member here) and the three things myself and my other brother thinks needs to be address are these.

1. New steering Column. Seems really loose up at the top of the steering wheel, lots of play.

2. When you let off the gas there is a serious howl coming from the transfer case/transmission. So we are considering changing it to an automatic transmission that is much quieter and isnt so low geared.

3. Needs new seats.

Those are the things that need addressed in my opinion and trust me when i say i am a NOVICE..
On the steering column, just buy the new bearings for the top of the column.
They get worn out after 20 years of using to pull in and out of a rig.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, now that we know he's all fawked up!
Get one that closely resembles what you already have, so they'll be less modification.
Zowie, if you can get it with a key that works you'll have solved something on a scale of global warming!
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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those are both very nice looking rigs
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Mr Willys, the key works in the tilt column now and really I don't recall it being loose, but then you get used to things and you never notice them. It is a little sticky getting it to turn, as it's been sitting in the garage for a year while I built the other one, so I told him to spray it with wd40. The seats are pretty decent also I thought, but it's his ass that's sitting in it so that's a comfort decision. And for the howling welcome to willys!!!

Now back to the seat issue, he should look at some of the suspension seat manufacturers or him and our other brother may hit up a junkyard and find something that fits his needs. I told him lots of guys cut a section out of the rear wheel well to move the seat back. Of course that's after I picked myself up off the floor when he asked me how do you adjust the seats!!!

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also do a search on suspension seats.....chris
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