DD Speed Shop‘s Dan wonders if people were just smaller 60 or 70 years ago? Every 1940s and ’50s car he’s ever sat in, he just doesn’t fit.
In the 1956 Chevy Gasser Wagon project, Dan opted to move the seat back a few inches (sorry back seaters) and sprung for a new universal fit tilt steering column from Speedway Motors.
Dan didn’t want a steering lock or key in the column, so he went with a base model tilt column with a 4-way hazard switch. They’re made in multiple lengths for pretty much any application — all that was needed was a universal coupler.
The nice thing about newer style columns is the wiring connectors that are typically of GM design, so if you’ve installed a universal wiring harness, it will clip right together and make for a slick install.