Help installing steering column

Tiny
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I have an automatic 1988 Chevrolet Pickup C1500 235000 miles 5.7 liter v8. I am trying to put in a 1989 gm steering column. I took the old column out of the truck to compare the two and they look identicle. They both have column shifters, cruise control, delay wipers, and all the wiring and plugs look identical. I put in the new steering column and it didn't seem to sit right on the floor board. After working it around I started bolting it in. I bolted the plate to the floor board so it was flush. I put the nuts on the bracket that holds the column up but I didn't tighten them all the way so I could move it a little if I needed to. Under the hood the column comes through the firewall about seven inches. But it looks like I need another half inch because the steering column doesn't slide into the rod that comes from the steering box. Now I'm stuck. I was thinking maybe if I jacked the car up I would have a little more play or room to slide the rods together so I could slide the bolt through. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 AT 10:19 PM

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Tiny
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The rod that comes from the steering box has a joint and a black cap that the steering column goes into. I realized that the cap does move. I started tapping it with a hammer and it slid on the column enough to get a screw driver through the hole where the bolt goes and then I could pry them together with the screwdriver enough to put the bolt in.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 AT 10:22 AM

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