MaineVette wrote:Wow, that's great! I really wouldn't have guessed that swap would have gone so smoothly. I know the frame was essentially unchanged 68-75, but I would have expected other chassis and body changes that would have made that swap a challenge.
If I had not done both the steering column swap AND the rubber body mount swap, I would have been twisted into a piece of wood radically! The rubber body mounts are about 1.1/2" thicker than the '68 aluminum body mounts. That additional distance between the frame and the body (firewall) would have caused about a 1.1/2" misalignment between the steering column shaft and the steering box shaft. Unknowingly, I also desired, for totally seperate reasons, to install the tilt-telescopic steering column, which I purchased from a 1975 Corvette. Since the '75 came stock with the rubber body mounts, the '75 steering column mounting bracket (between the steering column and the dash) had a correspondingly different angular construction. Similarly, if I had used the steering column with the stock '68 body mounts, I would have had the same misalignment. But by using both features, I didn't realize it, but I had compensated for both problems at the same time. Wish I could have said I planned it this way, but someone else was looking out for me. Just goes to show you how a seemingly small modification can have drastic results where you least expect it.
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