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?