Ok guys, bear with me. I wanted to go ahead and get started on this thread. I probably wont be able to finish this before motorama but I wanted to share what I have so far. I'll be finishing the write up after the show.
So for the last year I became obsessed with making it possible to swap the c6 corvette style wheels into a 4th gen F-body. After alot of dead ends and hours of research I kept coming up blank. I finally bit the bullet and bought a wheel to see if I could make it happen. Ofcourse the splines are different.
The next logical step was to buy a Vette steering shaft... This is where I messed up initially. I was told by a GM tech the vette uses the same type universal joint that our cars do in the column. Well I assumed that ment all the cars that use the "Corporate Wheel" were the same and went and found a gutted Cobalt and ripped the shaft and wheel out of it.
Upon taking the cobalt column appart I saw it was very diffrent from the u joint style. Discouraged I gave up for a bit... at this point I was 2 steering wheels and a shaft into this and still no results. I contimpated machining the two shafts and finding a way to bond them together but my fear or unreliability prevented me from following through.
Fast forward too about 2 weeks ago. A thread popped up on here asking if it could be done. I rattled off what I knew up to that point and it got me looking into it again. By either dumb luck or fate I stumbled acrossed and ebay listing for this:
GM part number 26074286
A quick call to my local dealer parts department confirmed this was indeed the correct part for the Vette steering column and even though I didnt have the stock F-body shaft to compare dimensional I could confirm visually it looks like the same shaft with the right splines. I ordered the part and recieved it yesterday. It fits! or atleast it fits the wheel.
So in 2 weeks ill take the column appart and see if i can make it all work. So far it looks like its going to go off without a hitch. Stay tuned here for results.
Heres a few pics of what I have so far
Now theres one other issue that has to be addressed... the airbag... Heres what I got so far. Upon talking to a pretty well knowledged GM tech he informed me that he didnt think our f-car airbag module would blow a newer style bag since the newer electronics are all can-bus and different info received by the bag as far as impact speed and angle. I just assumed it want doable and figured if i could get the wheel to work, "ef it cause racecar"
Well last week when I figured out I may be potentially able to make the wheel work still I called a few airbag company's searching for the cover (which is pretty much impossible to get without the bag unless you dumb luck into it) Well in the process I talked to a gentleman who seemed to really know what he was talking about on the subject who informed me even though the newer bags are designed to function that way it will still blow if it sees a signal from the module and my retrofit should work. He again couldnt confirm this but it seems like he knew what he was talking about. I went ahead and ordered an airbag out of the Pontiac G5 for the corporate wheel. Unfortunatly (unless it blows up as soon as i hook it up) i wont be able to confirm if this will work unless the worst case scenario happens and I wreck the car but I dont think im gonna take that one for the team if i can avoid it
So stay tuned guys and maybe I can finally put an end to this long asked question.