Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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The '67 & 68 GM car straight columns are very similar. the energy absorbing feature was introduced for all '67 GM car (Saginaw) columns. The construction involves a two piece inner column tube, with thin plastic inserts that allow the inner tube sections to collapse. The top of the top inner tube mounts to the pot metal casting in the lower bowl. In a column shift auto application, near the bottom, thère is a aprox 4" LEG that sticks out perpendicular to the end of tube. That LEG rotates w the tube in the window of the outer tube right above the lower column bearing. From the grommet in the LEG, the upper rod goes down to a swivel, then another rod goes back to the gear selector on the auto transmission. No LEG on the '67 floor shift column.
Beginning with '67 straight columns, the steel shaft itself is a two piece affair as well. The upper shaft & lower shaft can only be a certain length. There are little plastic inserts that peg the upper shaft & lower steel shaft together. once the lower shaft has been pushed up into upper shaft those little inserts are broken. Im seeing what looks like your shaft apart, thats why we can see the female end. You want the lower shaft to be properly installed & pulled out/realigned to the correct length, then you can use a glue gun & squirt the hot glue in the little holes recreating the small plastic inserts. The foam piece that fell out is a little wider than an inch wide, & surrounds the inner column tube just a few inches up into the outer tube. Any higher & the foam will be in the area where the expanded metal is on the outer tube.