Second Generation Camaro Owners Group - Camaro Steering Wheel & Column Restoration

Usually, your steering column will be ok... it's the stuff inside that breaks. Typically the only reason to replace the whole column is if you want to convert to tilt column, or repairing whatever is wrong with the old column makes it economically feasable just to replace the column.

Major Assemblies - Steering Column | Ignition | Turn signal cam | Steering wheel | Horn Assembly
Related components: External Steering components: (Steering Gears, pumps, linkage)

Various steering wheel styles & horn button designs & insignia were used over the years.
  • 1970 - unique to this year, this wheel had a hard plastic perimeter with a "thin" horn center section.
  • 1971 & 1972 - had a hard plastic perimeter with "thick" horn center section.
  • 1971: optional 4 spoke steering wheel (RPO NK4) with round horn button available.
  • 1973 - 81: The 1971 optional 4 spoke steering wheel became the standard steering wheel.
  • 1977 - 81 Z28's had a specific "rope" style steering wheel. It was identical to the 4 spoke design, but with a simulated rope texture around the edges.
From 1970 to 1972 the standard steering wheel could also have a woodgrain applique in the center horn area if the custom interior was ordered. Starting in 1974 the steering wheel, column and dash color are coded onto the trim tag.

Insignia on steering wheel:
In 1970 the Chevrolet Bow-tie insignia was on the steering wheel. From 1971 to 1972 the standard model steering wheels had "Chevrolet" on them. If the car was a Rally Sport a "RS" would be on the steering wheel. EXCEPT if the car was also a Super Sport. If the car was a SS, the SS emblem would be on the wheel. If the car was a Z28 with the RS option - RS will be on the steering wheel. This is the only time you'll find ANY RS indication on a Z28 - Z28 and SS cars always trumped RS emblems - except for the RS/Z28's steering wheel emblem. Confusing eh? Hopefully I've elaborated this well enough to avoid further confusion.

4 spoke optional wheel used a pull off horn cap with an plastic insignia button inserted into the horn button. If the car was a Z28, the chevrolet bow-tie emblem would be used. In 1974 the Camaro & Z28 had a Camaro emblem horn insert. The Type LT has a unique horn button insert. There wasn't a specific "Z28" horn button insert until the Z28 became a specific model in 1977.

Steering Column Usage
Year Style Part # Code/Comments
1970 column shift w/ Tilt    
1970 - 1975 column shift w/o tilt 7807880 (1970) 7812224 (71-75)  
1971 - 1974 column shift w/ tilt 7812203  
1975 column shift w/ tilt 7818756  
1976 (early) column shift w/tilt 7826083  
1976 (late) - 1977 column shift w/o tilt 7826996  
1976 (early) column shift w/o tilt 7826134  
1976 (late) - 1977 column shift w/o tilt 7826993  
1978 column shift w/ tilt 7828812  
1978 (early) column shift w/o tilt 7828750  
1978 (late) column shift w/o tilt 7829516  
       
1970 - 1974 floor shift w/tilt 7808583 & 7812204  
1970 - 1975 floor shift w/o tilt 7807882 (1970) 7812229 (71-75)  
1975 floor shift w/tilt 7818757  
1976 (early) floor shift w/tilt 7826084  
1976 (late) - 1977 floor shift w/tilt 7826997  
1976 (early) floor shift w/o tilt 7826135  
1976 (late) - 1977 floor shift w/o tilt 7826994  
1978 (early) floor shift w/tilt 7828813  
1978 (late) floor shift w/tilt 7829593  
1978 (early) floor shift w/o tilt 7828751  
1978 (late) floor shift w/o tilt 7829523  
1979 - 1981 M/T floor shift w/tilt 7832165  
1979 - 1980 M/T floor shift w/o tilt 7830881  
1979 - 1981 A/T floor shift w/tilt 7831069 & 7832661 DB
1979 - 1980 A/T floor shift w/o tilt 7831975 WL
1981 M/T floor shift w/o tilt 7837342  
1981 A/T floor shift w/o tilt 7836106  

Early 1978 steering column shaft has clamp with splined tooth shaft lock. Late '78 thru 1981 is thru bolt with square keyed shaft lock.

Column shift not offered after 1978.

Steering Columns & Parts - Exploded Diagrams

Typical Steering Column (non-tilt) & parts list
Steering Column (non-tilt)
Typical Steering Column (tilt) & parts list
Steering Column (tilt)

Steering Column lock

Removing the steering column

Working with the steering column.
Working inside the column fixing stuff.

Steering Wheel & Horn
Horn Button & Cap - exploded view
Pulling the steering wheel.

What breaks
The horn quits working.
The steering feels "mushy".
The turn signal (and/or hazard button) doesn't work anymore, or breaks off.
The ignition gets messed up.


Last updated: 11/10/2011
Author: MadMike Maciolek

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