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Old 04/17/18, 09:29 AM   #1
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Shift Tubes & Arms

Another member gave me his spare shift tube and shift arms since I was rebuilding my column in my 72. The shift arms he gave me have much less of an angle than the ones on mine, and the shift tube he gave me is maybe 2-3" longer.

Were these parts different according to year model? PS vs non-PS?

Since my 1" body lift my R-1st shift linkage is about an inch too short, so I'm wondering if the shift arms with less angle will remedy that somewhat. Thoughts and/or experiences much appreciated.

Note -I've been told the steering box is off a 75 Bronco, so the column could be as well

Jeff
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Old 04/17/18, 12:49 PM   #2
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Hi Jeff, the shift linkage changed styles after 72. I learned this when I swapped in a 73 column onto my 68. You may get a bit more wiggle room with the slightly longer ones. For me they were interchangeable with no BL. I believe the more angled column pieces in your photo are the later style.

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Old 04/17/18, 01:30 PM   #3
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thanks, I'd be interested to know the reason behind the change before swapping them out though!

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Old 04/17/18, 02:15 PM   #4
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Perhaps it was to more easily accommodate the automatic transmission shift tubes and arms. Not sure though, just guessing.
In '73 many things changed, and anyone rebuilding a factory column between the '73, '74 (especially those!) and '75 model years will likely find a Frankenstein mix of parts are needed between those sold as "early" and "late" columns.
Unfortunately there seemed to be a running change transition mentality when it came to the steering column.

The transmission options changed, the power steering option was added, the horn went to a relay setup with just one power wire and a ground substituting the two power wires (in and out) and the hazard switch was transferred to the column. All of which changed the wiring and design of the column.
Then there were the multiple changes in the shaft design...

Not sure if any one, or all of the above were what caused the change in the arm angles. Or none of the above.
Might even have been a change to afford more clearance in that corner of the engine compartment due to power brakes being added as well.

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