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Old 11-02-2019, 09:18 PM
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Default 96 Corvette Steering Column in a 68

I Wanted to use the later C3 steering column on my car because the position is a little farther away than a 68 column. And 69 and up had the key on the column (not the dash). So a while back I bought a 81 Corvette tilt/tele column and just recently started searching for rebuild info. Lots of info out there but a thought occurred to me, I have a really low mile 96 column that I have had for years. The 96 column is a little shorter but for me that's a bonus. I looked at them side by side and found they both have the same ignition switch layout and turn signal connector. I then investigated the wiring. They both are interchangeable!

The only complication is the mount plates are not the same. But, nothing a donor column and a little weld grinding couldn't fix

81 and 96 side by side



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Old 11-02-2019, 09:29 PM
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Looks like a nice alternative! What is the other wire harness for? Wipers? Or is that the VATS?
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:10 AM
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Yes, wiper delay, washer, VATS, flasher. I considered keeping the wiper delay but don't really think I'll be out on too many rainy days. Its also another project that will slow me down and I'm already at a snails pace.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:34 PM
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? about ignition lock cylinders......are they the same by chance??

I know/think the keys are different....but the lock cyl on my '72 is about worn the hell OUT, and I would like to update to a larger key head (black plastic) as it's easier to find/handle on my silly key fob setup....
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:02 PM
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I don't know if the lock cylinders are interchangeable. I think you can buy key blanks for a C3 with a plastic head.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:01 PM
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Any weight comparisons?
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:22 PM
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The 81 column complete is over 17lbs and the C4 is basically identical so it's probably similar.
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