Usually, your steering column will be ok... it's the stuff inside that breaks. Typically the only reason to replace the whole column is if you want to convert to tilt column, or repairing whatever is wrong with the old column makes it economically feasable just to replace the column.
Major Assemblies -
Steering Column |
Turn signal cam |
Steering wheel |
Related components: External Steering components: (Steering Gears, pumps, linkage)
Various steering wheel styles & horn button designs & insignia were used over the years.
Insignia on steering wheel:
In 1970 the Chevrolet Bow-tie insignia was on the steering wheel. From 1971 to 1972 the standard model steering wheels had "Chevrolet" on them. If the car was a Rally Sport a "RS" would be on the steering wheel. EXCEPT if the car was also a Super Sport. If the car was a SS, the SS emblem would be on the wheel. If the car was a Z28 with the RS option - RS will be on the steering wheel. This is the only time you'll find ANY RS indication on a Z28 - Z28 and SS cars always trumped RS emblems - except for the RS/Z28's steering wheel emblem. Confusing eh? Hopefully I've elaborated this well enough to avoid further confusion.
4 spoke optional wheel used a pull off horn cap with an plastic insignia button inserted into the horn button. If the car was a Z28, the chevrolet bow-tie emblem would be used. In 1974 the Camaro & Z28 had a Camaro emblem horn insert. The Type LT has a unique horn button insert. There wasn't a specific "Z28" horn button insert until the Z28 became a specific model in 1977.
Steering Column Usage
|1970||column shift w/ Tilt|
|1970 - 1975||column shift w/o tilt||7807880 (1970) 7812224 (71-75)|
|1971 - 1974||column shift w/ tilt||7812203|
|1975||column shift w/ tilt||7818756|
|1976 (early)||column shift w/tilt||7826083|
|1976 (late) - 1977||column shift w/o tilt||7826996|
|1976 (early)||column shift w/o tilt||7826134|
|1976 (late) - 1977||column shift w/o tilt||7826993|
|1978||column shift w/ tilt||7828812|
|1978 (early)||column shift w/o tilt||7828750|
|1978 (late)||column shift w/o tilt||7829516|
|1970 - 1974||floor shift w/tilt||7808583 & 7812204|
|1970 - 1975||floor shift w/o tilt||7807882 (1970) 7812229 (71-75)|
|1975||floor shift w/tilt||7818757|
|1976 (early)||floor shift w/tilt||7826084|
|1976 (late) - 1977||floor shift w/tilt||7826997|
|1976 (early)||floor shift w/o tilt||7826135|
|1976 (late) - 1977||floor shift w/o tilt||7826994|
|1978 (early)||floor shift w/tilt||7828813|
|1978 (late)||floor shift w/tilt||7829593|
|1978 (early)||floor shift w/o tilt||7828751|
|1978 (late)||floor shift w/o tilt||7829523|
|1979 - 1981||M/T floor shift w/tilt||7832165|
|1979 - 1980||M/T floor shift w/o tilt||7830881|
|1979 - 1981||A/T floor shift w/tilt||7831069 & 7832661||DB|
|1979 - 1980||A/T floor shift w/o tilt||7831975||WL|
|1981||M/T floor shift w/o tilt||7837342|
|1981||A/T floor shift w/o tilt||7836106|
Early 1978 steering column shaft has clamp with splined tooth shaft lock. Late '78 thru 1981 is thru bolt with square keyed shaft lock.
Column shift not offered after 1978.
Steering Columns & Parts - Exploded Diagrams
Steering Column (non-tilt)
Steering Column (tilt)
Steering Column lock
Removing the steering column
Working with the steering column.
Working inside the column fixing stuff.
Steering Wheel & Horn
Horn Button & Cap - exploded view
Pulling the steering wheel.
The horn quits working.
The steering feels "mushy".
The turn signal (and/or hazard button) doesn't work anymore, or breaks off.
The ignition gets messed up.
Author: MadMike Maciolek
North Georgia Classic Camaro
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