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Steering column by Knight
Started on: 05-31-2014 01:24 PM
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Report this Post05-31-2014 01:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for KnightSend a Private Message to KnightEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Anybody know of a steering column from another car that would work? Trying to avoid digging into the steering column to fix the phantom wipe and spending $100 plus for a new switch.
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Report this Post05-31-2014 07:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The Fiero steering column is made by GM's Saginaw plant. While it uses many other components common on 80's era GM columns, it's length is unique for the Fiero. Any sort of adapting of another GM Saginaw column would likely require the same disassembly as if you were to dig into it for common repairs.

As a random off the wall but kinda related note; This is also one of the big "headaches" of kit and replica car builders. Even really good builds often have to deal with the Fiero Saginaw steering column, which tends to stand out.
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Originally posted by Fiero84Freak:

As a random off the wall but kinda related note; This is also one of the big "headaches" of kit and replica car builders. Even really good builds often have to deal with the Fiero Saginaw steering column, which tends to stand out.



Yep. I'm starting to see this issue posted by guys building the lambo replicas - i hear it goes the whole way back to some of the countach kits . I don't think i've EVER heard or seen anyone use another steering column, although i'd really like to have a cadillac one that tilts and telescopes electronically .

 
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Originally posted by Knight:

Anybody know of a steering column from another car that would work? Trying to avoid digging into the steering column to fix the phantom wipe and spending $100 plus for a new switch.


When the bolts came lose in my column in the past, i looked in the Yellow pages and found someone who rebuilds GM steering columns. Around here it's pretty common. There are even guys that set up stands in the parking lots at the scrap yards (if you wanna trust them ). Last guy a few years ago came to my apt., charged me $100 labor and replaced any parts i gave him while he dug through the whole thing - only took him about half an hour.

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Thanks guys. And crap...nother project for my car.
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It's probably because it's one of the best saginaw columns out there. I don't think there are many that don't go all the way to the firewall, and it is just a huge pain to pull those full length ones out and mess with them.
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Report this Post06-03-2014 03:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jb1Click Here to Email jb1Send a Private Message to jb1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Murci kits can use a Sebring/ eclipse column. Which is what I am going to use in mine with c5 dash. Also someone else here used a grand am column with their dash swap. But with factory dash I don't think there's much option

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Report this Post06-03-2014 10:38 AM Click Here to See the Profile for LZeitgeistClick Here to Email LZeitgeistSend a Private Message to LZeitgeistEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm not sure how far you've gone in troubleshooting your phantom wipe problem, but my phantom wipe problem was solved by replacing the circuitboard in the control box in the front compartment at the base of the windshield. Your mileage may vary, but it was a simpler fix than digging into the column, that's for sure.

Good luck!

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