Steering Column/Turn Signal Switch *Again*

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Steering Column/Turn Signal Switch *Again*

Postby rt_toro_67 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:21 pm

Hello Members, I appreciate any insight anyone can give in advance. Unfortunately as of August 2019, I have been coming back to the forum with the same issue for 10 years...

I have a '67 Toronado with the tilt-telescoping column. Ongoing, continuing electrical problem with the turn signal switch-no brake lights. Several years back, an expert friend of mine tested to determine the contact for the brake lights within the switch had worn down and that was the issue. We dripped some solder to build up the connection, and this worked! Unfortunately only for about two years. So we know the solder trick is not long term, and of course as we all know the switch is not available. And yes, I bought a second tilt-telescope column many years ago with an allegedly tested & working switch, but it was not working.

Our next angle here is to try to find a standard non-tilt/telescope column, because a brand new switch is made for that column (which I have purchased). We are hoping if we can find a suitable non t/t column, it will fit the car and we have the switch. The bitterest of ironies is:

- Based on my research, it seems most '67's must have had the tilt-telescope column, as I've had no luck finding a standard column. So for the most popular column, the switch isn't manufactured.
- The switch for what seems to be a rarer column is manufactured!!

I didn't expect the non t/t switch to fit, and it does not.

After all of that, the simple question for the group is... does anyone know what non t/t column for other GM cars would fit the '67 Toronado? This would be extremely helpful. Cutlass...Chevelle.....etc. Anyone have any idea?

Thank you!!

Roy T

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Re: Steering Column/Turn Signal Switch *Again*

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:31 pm

It seems as though a '66 Toro column would fit.

As for another column, I'd try the Eldorado. It's the only other car built on the Toro platform that's also front drive.

John Dorcey has 50 1966 - 1970 Toro parts cars. Perhaps he can find a column, switch , or both.


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Re: Steering Column/Turn Signal Switch *Again*

Postby rt_toro_67 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:09 am

@Otto Skorzeny, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I will follow up on your suggestion. Many thanks!!

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Steering Column/Turn Signal Switch *Again*

Postby bcroe » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:41 pm

I have succeeded in swapping columns between Toro, Eldo, and Riv on my 79.
Your year Riv was not RWD, but I would expect any 67 tilt column switch would
work. The difference I have seen is the metal foot that bolts to the floor, extra
contacts for cornering lights, and variations in the type of shift linkage.

I would not expect solder to stand up to service as an electrical switch. I
am surprised the non tilt does not work.
good luck, Bruce Roe

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