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1968 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Flaming River Steering Column

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 2010
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With most of the major fabrication out of the way, the Scratch Built Scrambler project is winding down to some of the last few gadgets of the build. Typical of most builds, a few components that we thought would work ended up being more of a headache than anything else. While trying to save a few bucks, we scavenged a tilt steering column from a wrecked Jeep Wrangler YJ in a salvage yard. After we bolted it in, the column jammed in the upright position and we were unable to free it. Rather than fix a column that's likely well beyond its usefulness, we called Flaming River for a replacement.

We are always impressed with the quality and options of Flaming River columns. The company offers all-new, direct-fit columns for just about any truck, Jeep, 4x4, or custom application. They are available in column shift and floor shift, keyed or non-keyed, and in a number of different finishes including bare metal. Although a hundred components on the Scrambler are trick, the steering column and steering wheel are what we'll interface with every time we drive the Jeep, so they might as well be comfortable, work properly and safely, and look sharp.

Many direct-fit columns and installation components are available from Flaming River. We chose the 30-inch stainless steel model, which is designed for use with the 2-inch OEM mounting hole. Since our CJ is completely scratch built, we ordered a '97-'00 Jeep TJ power steering shaft, which we custom-mounted in the Scrambler.
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