I am going to need to build a Torpedo steering column . I was watching the MTFCA CD by Fred Houston on the restoration of the steering column . He says you can get all the measurements to do this from the parts book that is on the on line library. I can't find the on line library. How can I find this information ? Thanks Perry
The online encyclopedia has a section on Steering columns showing the lengths of the different years and body styles. The vendors sell an extension you can weld to your existing column. For the shaft, I don't think there is a reproduction out there.
Perry I think Herb could build you one.
I can build the column my self no problem . I bought a nice 1911 column , then when I bought the that Torpedo project up north . I got all the parts to build another one . Fred says the measurements like the gear post,column tubing and all other individual parts are on line . I just can't fine them .
Scroll down to the near the bottom and click on Steering column
Never mind. I was thinking of someone else.
(Message edited by redmodelt on December 24, 2015)
Merely knowing a Torpedo column is 60" doesn't do it. You don't just add 4" to a standard column. The firewall is two inches further back and the column sits at an angle, therefore it's not an even split.
Without individual component measurements, the best you can do is work with the OAL and reverse engineer it using a lengthened steering shaft, measuring how much you need fore and aft of the firewall. I'm also going through this process right now.
I thank the way to go about this is to mount the steering gear bracket to frame and the firewall all so . Then work it out from those two points . It would be better to have the measurements of the actual parts. I know that the angel is 15 degrees greater then the standard column .