has anyone thought of putting in a universal joint in the steering just after the steering column on pre 67 cars, as they dont have collapsable columns and if front ended have a tendency to cause an injury called ìdish faceî
My '66 has a collapsable collumn - I assume it's original and not retro fitted by a previous owner - but I could be wrong.
As for fitting a UJ - you'd also have to fit some sort of support bearing for the lower end of the collumn otherwise it would flop about as it's only supported at the lower end by being bolted to the steering box.
Also make sure its straight... Mine was buckled and I didn't realise for a while. When I fitted a new tank I noticed some paint rubbing off it. This was caused cause a bulge on one side of the column was rubbing.
When fitting a safety column to a pre-68 Bug you also have to weld a steel sleeve to the front side of the access hole in the front cross panel as there is too much slack in the set-up before the column would start to compress. The VW part # for the is 111 805 479 and should still be available (or cut it out of a scrapper).
Do you have any of the Bentley manuals? In the 70-79 you can see it in a photo on page 25 of the front axle section. In the 66-69 there is a diagram and photo on pages 36 & 37 of the same section.
Sorry Peter, I've got the Haynes and the Autodata books, but not the Bentley one.
If you (or somebody else) could scan it I'd appreciate it, if not don't worry, I'll have a close look at a late model beetle the next time I get chance, and check it's the same as mine.
I think mine has it though, (to be honest my car's a mongrel, bits from all years) - There's a tube sticking out of the panel below the tank about 2 inches long, that the column comes through. Does this sound correct ?
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