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75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:46:06 AM »
I got a bit of a problem here. Neither me nor my mechanic have ever worked with a Pinto before, now we realized that the steering clumn seems to be set off to the left.
We don't know if it might be supposed to be like that or if it needs fixing.
The steering works well, just a bit harder to turn the wheel but I guess that's normal for a no-servo car.
So, if you look through the windshield into the drivers area from above, the steering column is a bit set off to the door (left, right, whatever^^)
Any ideas or info that could help me?
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 05:45:05 AM »
my 80 is that way as well .. it`s quite noticeable ,, i dont notice it on my 73 ..i think there is a tiny bit of slack in the adjustment ...

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 06:27:17 AM »
Hmmm interesting, I'll have to check mine don't notice anything either..
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 07:48:30 AM »
both my 73 and 75 are that way too....
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 07:51:08 AM »
it's normal, don't worry. Ford must have built them that way for space reasons. Never saw a Pinto or Bobcat any other way.

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2013, 09:28:09 AM »
Yep took a look at mine and it's off to the left too and looking at it closer I can see why, if it were straight when sitting in the seat the wheel would be off to the right instead of in front of you, that would be irritating as heck.
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2013, 10:20:55 AM »
Well, I never noticed mine either until it was mentioned, sitting in the seat you won't notice it.
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2013, 12:18:05 PM »
I know  this is redundant, but my 79's steering column is also not centered :-)

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2013, 12:26:06 PM »
They're probably all like that.
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2013, 02:15:54 PM »
They all angle a little to the drivers side. Mustang II's do also.

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2013, 09:30:07 PM »
Look closer at other model/brand cars, you can often see it in them as well once you start paying attention.

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2013, 03:12:22 AM »
whoo, I thought I had to go into repairing/replacing the steering column as well haha
thanks for all the answers, onto the next problem ;)
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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2013, 07:30:47 AM »
ya my 75 hatchback is way more to the left then my 78 wagon so maybe they tried to fix it or just depended on which installer put it in that year!! lol
have tried to make my 75 to be more centered but no luck the adjustments are not that much!!

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Re: 75 Pinto - steering column seems set off, normal or not?
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2013, 07:31:27 PM »
My 76 and 79 were both like that. My 74 is too, but it is even moreso offset than the others were. I have heard from others that there is a bracket in there that will push it off further to one side than normal if it is installed backwards, so thats something to look at if it looks off more than others do.
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