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Old January 13th, 2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Default Steering column modification- VW bug help please!

Hi all,

Have a look at my build thread if you need more light shedding, but I'm building a box-section/ space frame chassis for mid mount ing a v8 under a bug. The front end is built up using a cortina steering rack and I was hoping to simply connect the stock column to this using a number of universal joints.
I've made a support bush to sit in the base of the column.
Can I get some opinions on how I've done so far?





The problem I have is the bug is a late one- and the stock column appears to be supported at one end by some H-section clips that slide onto a bracket fitted under the dash. The column is free to slide back, towards the firewall, if the column itself isn't held at the steering box. Here's a pic of the bracket;


As the other end is no longer held by the rubber flexy/steering box, and is now only supported by the U/Js, this leads to movement of the column when turning. Is there any way the earlier column can be retrofitted? The current bracket seems to be held on with tamper-proof bolts of some sort......
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Old January 13th, 2016, 02:27 PM   #2
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The columns are only held by the upper bracket and the other end simply connects to the steering box. There is a small grommet where it goes through the firewall, but that is it. You might want to look at getting a superbeetle or a Porsche 914 column as they are both shorter and use universal joints. Since you're fabbing so much, a column mount shouldn't be that hard. If you need to, you could stick a heim joint over the shaft and have it supported on the body or frame somehow.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 04:53 PM   #3
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^^^ x 2. A Heim joint will work great if the mounting point is good and solid. Stops can be easily fabricated for to either side of the joint to keep the shaft in place.
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Old January 14th, 2016, 07:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steering column modification- VW bug help please!

Hi guys, thanks for this.

I guess my question is more relating to the outer column rather than the inner. The fact that the outer column slides backwards on its-slide mounts (at the front) leads to play in the inner column as this is held into its bearing by the steering wheel.
Has anyone converted a 75 ish bug to a 70ish bug style column (that's physically bolted to the body)?

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Not sure why the length is changing.
Are the u-joints phased correctly ?
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For stops on either side of a Rod end just use 2 piece clamp collars.
Way easier then fabbing a stop.
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