Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by Georgeb, Oct 20, 2015.
I haven't really done anything with Ellie May in a long time, makes me very sad.
Yeah, just been cold and snowy and busy with other stuff. I have heat in my shop too so I could work all year round. It just costs more.
So on the list is a early steering column to go with my 78 harness and keep the replacement parts costs down. That wiper switch for the 87 column is spensive! Also need the two strut bars for the frame and a bumper. I will look for a flywheel to go on the 78 motor while Im there. I know I owe @MOguy a look for a hub spring and @Old77 needs a rear window switch.
Looking for opinions here..... Not sure if it is worth it to go to a different column just because I might need to replace the wiper switch someday. I will need to re-pin some connectors or make a plug adapter but so what. Any input on which way to go? is an '87 non-tilt manual trans column going with a '78 dash harness. i have an 85 harness I could cannibalize if need be. The older column should only cost me about $30.00 from the salvage yard.
You know you'll have to cut your dash to make room for the wiper switch. Why not just leave the 87 column in, and not mess with any of the wiring? It just seems to be a huge pain in the ass just to save a few dollars on a switch. If you want to put a tilt column in, get one off eBay, and just rebuild it. I have rebuilt about 8 columns under 70 buck, and that was putting brand new everything in it.
I am doing a cab swap using an 85 cab onto my 87 chassis and drive-line but using my 78 engine and wiring harness. I want to use my 78 dash pad and bezel so I need to move the headlight switch as it is. I am also going from auto to manual trans in this process. The 87 is the manual while the cab and Ol' Butterscotch are auto.
I want to stay plug and play with the harness if possible
I suppose I could use the 87 column and just do whatever wiring mods are needed. It depends on what they want for a column at the salvage yard tomorrow. It seems to be a horse a piece at this point. One way or another I need to mod something. Be it the instrument bezel, wiring, column or all three. I am leaning towards keeping the 87 column because I already have it.
Had a successful salvage yard run. Got the frame supports I need and found an extra heavy swaybar. I also scored a real nice dash bezel and found several others in good shape so they are nicely stashed away out there. There is an ok bumper out there but I ran out of time to take it off.
Things I didn't buy but......
I came across a nice flat bug deflector (smoke color) as well as a set of wide 15" wheels with hubcaps on a 4x4 blazer. I may have also found a rear window switch for @Old77 but I didnt know if he would mind the fact that it was a bit faded and the action was a bit stiff but it did spring return to center. It was gonna be a bitch to get out too.
Lol, I wouldn't have left the place without the wheels or deflector.
And all of those switches fade. I bought a new GM switch in '06 and by the time 2010 came along, it was already fading.
Well, I will be going back.... I have been kicking myself on the deflector and will grab it next time out. As far as the wheels they looked custom but the welds were reallt nice. Wish I would have taken my phone in with me to snap a pic. The switch will be there next trip since that truck is out of the way a bit and sitting in water right now. In fact over half the trucks are froze in 10" to 12" of ice right now.
Were there any nice '78-'80 style dash bezels with the aluminum looking overlay?
AC or NON-AC?
I think I saw a few AC one but not sure on condition. I tend to overlook the AC ones....
I could do either. My truck is an AC truck, but most of it is gone. I'd just need something decent, no show quality stuff needed.
I know I saw one without the metalic overlay. I even had one from a big truck in my hand with the ignition switch hole to the right of the column.
I will try to look for one next time. Next time should be a bit more leasurly of a trip.
Thanks! I'm in no rush and could probably eventually find one, but I only get to go yarding once or twice a year now.
Separate names with a comma.