The original steering column
was replaced with a very simple, lightweight design.
The reason was that due to the placement of the headers some
alterations would be required. Instead of modifying the
old column, a new one was easier to make.
The column is a basic
aluminium tube with a stainless rod through it. Special
bearings were made from brass making this design not only very
durable but also easy to repair if need be. The turn
signals switch was retained but is mounted on a custom
enclosure. The original steering wheel was replaced with a
very nice Mountney Premium Leather 13" wheel.
On the engine side, the
steering column rod was machined so it would mate with a Double
"D" Borgeson joint. The first of two, this one has a
special rubber shock absorbing section. Works very nice.
The rod passes through a
spherical bearing and into another Double "D" that connects to a
short rod tied to the steering rack. The Triumph steering
rack was retained but only after it had been thoroughly cleaned
The steering rack is mounted
to the frame with a set of the excellent Richard Good mounts.
I cannot express how solid and how nice these mounts are.
They are indeed a must for any restoration.