Steering shaft length

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  1. jasonwthompson

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    I have 2 steering columns, one from a 72 and one from a 75. Both vehicles were p/s and auto. The 72 had the shifter on the column, the 75 on the floor. The 72 is approx. 31 inches and the 75 is approx. 32 inches. Like I told the wife, one inch can make a difference, and in this case it does. Did Ford change the steering shaft lengths at some time for some reason?
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    JL Mav I almost made it to Lake Tahoe

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    it may be that the shorter shaft was hit on the end so that it collapsed an inch. If it is pried back to clear the steering coupler this can happen. I just tapped it back out to the full length.

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    Yep shaft can be compressed or extended two or three inches.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys, got it straightened out.
     

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