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I am restoring a 1966 cadillac deville convertible my steering column  is pretty lousy can I replace it with a after market one and if so , what length is it mines does not even have tilt .



You are going to have to go under the hood and measure the shaft from the rag joint to where the two pieces bolt together. I don't know who makes an after market steering column for these pre 69-vehicles with a dash mounted ignition. The fact that it would be tilt or non-tilt should not play a role for length. If you can get a column for the car, the hot set up would be to get a complete column with steering wheel that is tilt and telescoping. Again, the legth under the hood and the mounting should all be the same, but before you order it, you need to have measured the length of the shaft from the rag joint if they would be supplying everything for the steering column.

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Rob Painter


Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?


Education/Credentials-ASE certified. 11 years with a GM dealer and 17 years with a repair facility dealing with only the repair of theft recovered vehicles.

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