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tom
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« on: November 17, 2008, 08:04:52 AM »

Has anyone swapped a newer column into their first gen? I am swapping in a fuel injection from an 87 firebird, and one of the normal steps is to disable the VATS security system. I was thinking if I swap in the newer column, I could include the security with it. Might even get a tilt unit while I'm at it. If I do this and I put my original steering wheel on the new column I don't think most people would even notice it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 12:12:51 PM »

In my opinion, the 'nicest' customs are the ones which use later year same manufacturer components to achieve upgraded functionaiity in a very subtle fashion..   :    but I doubt you're gonna find the right guys in CRG to answer your question, since this site is mostly (totallly?) concerned with 'originality' issues.    I suggest going to TC to ask your question..
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 08:55:11 AM »

I have installed both 2nd gen and 4th gen steering columns in a 69 Camaro.  The second gen was easy.  The only thing I had to do was grind off the firewall plate, which is tacked on with a couple of spot welds.  I then added the first gen firewall cover in place, which is bolt on.  If you can find one from a later 2nd gen, you can have your bright switch on the column as well as tilt.  The 4th gen is not as simple.  The 4th gen is longer.  Since I was upgrading to a rack and pinion, I did not have to worry about the length.  Also, I had to cut off the column bracket that holds it in place and weld on the one form a first gen.  Otherwise, it fit and looks good, with all of the advantages of the 4th gen column such as tilt, wiper motor, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 12:34:40 PM »

Do you know if the VATS (Vehicle Anti Theft System) software cares which gen column is used? The reason I was considering the swap is to include the VATS function on the computer form my TPI donor. Seems the easiest way would be to use the correct column.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 02:16:41 PM »

I did not hook up the VATS wiring as I was of the correct way to get it right.  I will post later if and when I learn how to or if you do, post it here.

Steve
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