I will like to change the flange from a damaged 26-7 tube , I have a good earlier car tube but don't see how it is held on ,the 26 has 2 rivits
on the base the older has no rivits
Anyone can give me a north on how to do this
Thank you ..Loren
It will be best if you cut both flanges off about 6 inches above the flange and then weld the bases to the desired tube. Properly done the weld will not be noticed or seen. I have shortened steering columns and you can not tell where I cut them.
Jack's reasoning is one good way to do it and can be done easily. Why don't you post for a tube for an improved car and just change the tube. I have several that I could let go of one. Some are in better shape than others but they are pretty common.
Lorenzo, as far as I know, there is a different angle between the two tubes you show, so they are not interchangeable. It would be best to find another tube which is correct for your application.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Allan, if he welds the base from the improved tube to the early tube it won't matter since, the angle is determined by the mount.
I found that the bottom flange is brazed on, a long with the bracket inside that holds the shaft centered.the rivets don't real go through the tube on mine, just made dents to hold it in place while being brazed together.
Drill the rivets out, and then heat it hot with a torch, and it should tap off.
I have a friend that will weld them , ill see how it turns out------ Thank you All for input ,lorenzo
James, Lorenzo wants to replace the flange on a 26-7 column. These columns sit at a lower angle to the frame. If the earlier flange is fitted, to get the tube and the lower steering bracket on the frame in line, the components should be fitted to the car before welding. Otherwise there is a real risk that the replacement flange will not sit flush on the firewall.
When lowering a steering column on a speedster, it is necessary to fit a tapered spacer between the flange and the firewall. lorenzo needs to get the angle correct, or he may need such a spacer to have things line up. This is a critical area. When lowering a column for a speedster, a wedge is need under the lower bracket. Get this wrong and there is load on the shaft in the bracket, and steering becomes problematical. Mis-alignment of the flange on the column will have the same effect.
I could be wrong, again! But if I am not, this may save some grief.
Allan from down under.