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SirAndy
post Mar 20 2008, 01:35 PM
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I went ahead and ordered all the parts needed to convert my currently trashed steering column to a 911 unit with the 911 keyswitch and column lock ...

i should have all the parts early next week. i'll post pictures of the install as i go along ...
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post Mar 20 2008, 02:00 PM
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Andy,

Glad to see you're "taking back" your 914. May be a dumb question - but is there a benefit of the 911 column over the 914? Bolt in application?

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post Mar 20 2008, 02:06 PM
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QUOTE(MrKona @ Mar 20 2008, 12:00 PM) *

is there a benefit of the 911 column over the 914? Bolt in application?


well, porsche once used the tagline "a real porsche has the ignition key on the left side" ... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

my column is busted (dam thieves (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) ) so i need a replacement anyways so why not use the 911 column to up the cool factor of the car at the same time?

the column needs some minor welding (adding a 914 mount) and you have to adapt the wiring, but 911 parts are readily available and it's really not that much work ...
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post Mar 20 2008, 02:43 PM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Mar 20 2008, 12:35 PM) *

i'll post pictures of the install as i go along ...

Cool, because

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I bought a nice Momo wheel, only to find that nobody makes an adapter for a '70-72 /4. I've been thinking about the 911 column conversion. Looking forward to seeing how your conversion goes.

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post Mar 20 2008, 03:10 PM
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QUOTE(Todd Enlund @ Mar 20 2008, 12:43 PM) *

I bought a nice Momo wheel, only to find that nobody makes an adapter for a '70-72 /4.


huh? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

i had a Momo Prototypo on my '70 when i bought it. i later upgraded to a '74 steering column and used the same adapter to run my new Momo steering wheel ...

works fine including horn and turn signal cancel ...
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post Mar 20 2008, 04:02 PM
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my column is busted (dam thieves (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) ) so i need a replacement anyways so why not use the 911 column to up the cool factor of the car at the same time?


I kinda get a kick outta that. Imagine those assholes banging the column and trying to "fire her up" with a f*^%ing screwdriver! LOL

Happy you got it back and the lefty will be cool.
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post Mar 20 2008, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Mar 20 2008, 02:10 PM) *

QUOTE(Todd Enlund @ Mar 20 2008, 12:43 PM) *

I bought a nice Momo wheel, only to find that nobody makes an adapter for a '70-72 /4.


huh? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)

i had a Momo Prototypo on my '70 when i bought it. i later upgraded to a '74 steering column and used the same adapter to run my new Momo steering wheel ...

works fine including horn and turn signal cancel ...
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Apparently, Momo used to make an adapter for a '70-'71 /4, but now they only list one for '72-'76. If you swapped one from an early car to a late car, that gives me hope... I have a /6 and early 911 adapter now that was represented to me as what I need for my car, but it is not. I'll look for a deal on a late 914 adapter and give it a try...

Still interested in your column swap, though...
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post Mar 20 2008, 06:54 PM
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Definitely intersted in this also, as I am planning on the same thing whenever I get around to my car. Already got the column (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Mar 20 2008, 06:57 PM
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What year column are you going to use? Would one be better than another?
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post Mar 21 2008, 07:12 AM
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You do realize that I did this already? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)


the mounting plate on a real 914/6 column will not fit a later car. You have to cut the mounting plate off a 4 cylinder column and weld it to the 911 column.

You need the metal area in the dash for the ignition lock surround, because the 911 column is flat to the dash, and the 914 column tilts upward slightly. You also have to trim the top of the clamshells to clear the tach, and you have to make a trip piece for the lock, as the factory one is NLA.

I have pictures on my computer at home.

If you run into problems, give me a call.


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post Mar 21 2008, 09:37 AM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Mar 20 2008, 03:35 PM) *

I went ahead and ordered all the parts needed to convert my currently trashed steering column to a 911 unit with the 911 keyswitch and column lock ...

i should have all the parts early next week. i'll post pictures of the install as i go along ...
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Of course this means you'll have to do the 911 dash swap as well.
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post Mar 21 2008, 09:57 AM
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QUOTE(TeenerTim @ Mar 21 2008, 08:37 AM) *

QUOTE(SirAndy @ Mar 20 2008, 03:35 PM) *

I went ahead and ordered all the parts needed to convert my currently trashed steering column to a 911 unit with the 911 keyswitch and column lock ...

i should have all the parts early next week. i'll post pictures of the install as i go along ...
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Of course this means you'll have to do the 911 dash swap as well.


He's already done it.
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post Mar 21 2008, 10:13 PM
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. . . . examples of the real thing . . . .


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post Mar 21 2008, 10:31 PM
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QUOTE(type47fan @ Mar 21 2008, 09:13 PM) *

examples. . . .

Would you happen to want to sell that?
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post Apr 20 2008, 03:22 PM
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finally made some progress with this ...

the column itself is from a '73 911, i also got the correct year momo steering wheel adapter, a '74 ignition switch assembly (supposed to be better than the pre '74) and the sheetmetal from the 911 dash with the mounting recess ...

here's a picture of the lot:

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first order of business, rekeying the ignition lock. this is a major pain in the butt as the lock can only be removed by drilling out a rollpin. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)

there's a good tech article on pelican on how to do this:
http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showthread.php?t=348306


i've finished the ignition rekeying and now i'll be spending the rest of the day cleaning off the 35 year old grime off all the parts
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post Oct 11 2009, 12:39 PM
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Alright, let's finish this thread off with some more pix! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)



911 Ignition Switch #911.613.011.0

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911 column and 914/4 column side by side:

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My dash before the operation:

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post Oct 11 2009, 12:44 PM
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We then removed the original mount and the end bracket from the 911 column and added our own mounting tabs.

The location of the mounting tabs was determined by aligning the 911 column and switch with the dash and then marking the spots on the column.

Mounting Tabs before and after fitting:

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Testfitting the tabs:

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The hole where the 911 switch passes through to meet with the column had to be enlarged a bit as i'm using a later model switch on an early column.

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For the same reason, the lock part of the switch needed a little "adjusting" to work correctly with the column.

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Testfitting the assembly:

Note that i used a piece of the original 911 dash to fab a mount for the 911 switch where it meets the 914 dash face.
I riveted the sheetmetal mount to the 914 dash and secured the switch with two bolts. Worked great.



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And finally putting it all back together.
The key lock actually is almost dead on in the same spot as the factory hole for the foglight switch!

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