Depends how good you are with that kind of work. It's pretty detailed work, but
can be done.
Back in the day when most of these cars got stolen, you'd do a ton of them and
the dealers easily stocked most parts. Many of the GM cars and trucks used the
same parts in the 80's.
The bowl was often damaged by a thief trying to acces the actuator rod for the
ignition switch to get the vehicle started.
Swapping the column isn't a bad idea but you may get a junky column from a
yard, or one where the tilt bowl is loose and you have to dismantle it anyhow.
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director
'80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig.
'79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig
'84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
'91 S10 Blazer 4.3Z
Yeah, I just did the same thing for my '88... wasn't really that hard to to
actually.What took a little bit of time was swapping out the ignition
switches (fed ex broke that in shipping) so in actuality I got the entire
column for 5 bucks.. They have a really good claim service....:)
1985 Blue Camaro 2.8L w/T-tops (148k and going... getting worried)
1988 Blue Firebird Formula 5.0L w/T-tops (For sale for $2,200)
Still looking for an '82-'84 T/A w/T-tops for parts from one
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