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caferacenz 09-06-2013 07:20 PM

1968 Mustang Steering Wheel Adjustment

We have just picked up our new 1968 6 Cylinder Coupe from the shipping agent yesterday. I was surprised how tight the gap is between the steering wheel and the seat. I'm 6 foot 5 and pretty skinny and I can just squeeze in. My wife who's pretty young and fit couldn't get in herself without displaying her legs to the world. The car is going to be my wife's daily driver so I need to sort this out PDQ

Is it possible to adjust this? What other options de we have bearing in mind that this in a non power steering model so swapping to a smaller wheel would make the steering very heavy.

Peter D

rmodel65 09-06-2013 11:54 PM

i suggest buying a tilt column...or smaller wheel and moving to power steering.

caferacenz 09-07-2013 01:04 AM

Thanks for the reply but is there any other ideas that aren't going to cost us $2000???

guitarman376 09-07-2013 01:27 AM

Wow, tilt columns cost $2000 in NZ?

caferacenz 09-07-2013 01:36 AM

Nah but a power steering kit and wheel does. As a Mustang newby what"s the deal with a tilt column? Its the clearance below the wheel that"s issue does the tilt column tilt down or to the side?

TexasAxMan 09-07-2013 02:20 PM

A tilt wheel will tilt up out of the way, and maybe down a tad too.

Waffles 09-07-2013 04:23 PM

In my 1970, a tilt wheel made ALL the world of difference in comfort of driving the car. I'm 6'4'' and 185.

A power steering kit will not cost $2000. You can buy one used for a few hundred bucks;

or a brand new Borgeson setup for $1k.

Figure another $200 for a nice steering wheel and you're ~$500-~1200 away from a MUCH more comfortable driving experience.

caferacenz 09-08-2013 04:54 AM

Thanks for your input guys. Bit bummed that we will need to throw a fair sized wedge of cash at the issue having just spent up kind of large on the car and shipping her half way around the world but that the deal when you get into classics I guess. It will all be worth it in the end and it sure is a pretty little car :-)

1970 09-08-2013 07:58 AM

call tim baxter in shell lake wi his number is 715-468-4451 im sure he can hook you up with eather choice for a decent price

fastbackford351 09-08-2013 08:23 AM

Tilt columns in these old Mustangs are great but yeah, they're not cheap.

I seem to remember vendors offering seat track extensions that allowed extra inches of seat travel.

Found a pair on ebay:
As far as your wife 'displaying her young and fit legs' getting in and out, I'm pretty sure we're going to have to see pictures in order to properly assist you in sorting that problem out.

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