Steering column replacement

Tiny
TAMMYMORGAN
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  • 1987 DODGE VAN
  • 5.9L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
Currently stock OEM steering. Want to change out to a tilt column with shifter. Is this possible?
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Monday, June 6th, 2022 AT 7:54 AM

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Tiny
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It should be you will need to get a tilt column for it and here are the instructions on how to change it out. Check out the diagrams (below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Removal
1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
2. Remove pot coupling to steering gear shaft clamp nut and bolt.
3. Disconnect electrical connector at column jacket.
4. Remove horn and pad assembly, then remove steering wheel using a suitable puller. Do not attempt to remove the steering wheel using a hammer as damage to the steering column and shaft will result.
5. Remove the 4-boot floor plate retaining bolts.
6. Remove the two column clamp to tilt assembly screws and remove column.

Installation
1. Place floor plate and boot on column, then slide column assembly through floor pan opening.
2. Position column so that steering shaft bearing blocks are centered in the pot coupling, then torque the clamp bolt to 35 ft lb
3. Install but do not tighten steering column upper bracket bolts.
4. With wheels in a straight ahead position, center the steering shaft in the column.
5. Center boot and floor plate and tighten screws.
6. Torque the steering column bracket bolts to 30 ft lb
7. Install steering wheel with master splines aligned and torque nut to 27 ft lb Do not drive wheel onto shaft, use nut to draw it down.
8. Install horn switch parts, connect battery ground cable and check operation of lights and horn.
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Monday, June 6th, 2022 AT 8:08 PM

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