steering column or seat modifications

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Marty, SoCal
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Re: steering column or seat modifications

Post by Marty, SoCal » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:51 am

I'm 6'2", the seat backs in my GPW were already laid back by removing the bottom rear brace when I bought it back in '84. I fit very comfortably. Easy mod. Buy a repro seat frame if you don't want to butcher your original. I did the same thing to a buddy's Willys. He and his son are both 6'3".
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Re: steering column or seat modifications

Post by Chuck Lutz » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:58 am

1) remove column from jeep
2) carefully cut a section out of the tube
3) carefully cut a section out of the shaft
4) install new upper bearing in shaft
5) weld splined end of shaft to original shaft

Voila! kinda like Tom's suggestion...
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Re: steering column or seat modifications

Post by semberae » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:26 pm

Is that safe to cut and weld the steering shaft??? :?:

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Re: steering column or seat modifications

Post by Marty, SoCal » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:30 am

If it's done by a certified welder it will be!
43 Ford GPW 92098
53 Dunbar Kapple M100
Sold: 61 CJ-5, 41 T207 WC-1 Dodge closed cab pickup
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USMC Tanker (1811, 1812), 85-93
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