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Can you adjust steering wheel height?

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Margo Ledbetter, Jul 13, 2020.

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  1. 300bhp/ton

    300bhp/ton Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a better pic, such as side on showing the entire seat/steering wheel and door opening?

    But based on pics so far. Steering columns looks normal. Not that it would be easy to move tbh and no reason at all to move it downwards.

    Fitting a smaller wheel is likely the easiest solution. But lots of tall and big people drive standard Series vehicles fine.....
     
  2. Colthebrummie

    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

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    I'm over 6 ft and not slim. When I got mine, the clutch pedal position felt weird but I soon got used to it. I like to keep mine as standard as possible but the steering wheel was a problem, I was always bashing my elbow on the door so I've put a smaller mountney wheel in, it makes the steering a little easier heavier but I can live with that. The series foibles are all part of the charm, don't change it too much, if you want something reliable and easy to drive get a Toyota landcruiser. Does your's have a rear work light and does it come on when you flick the mystery switch

    Col
     
  3. Mark Frewin

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    Hi If your thinking about power steering you obviously find the steering heavy
    Fitting a smaller steering wheel will make it even worse, you would be better concentrating on the seat adjustment and checking the clutch pedal height (its in the haynes manual)
     
  4. Colthebrummie

    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

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    Fitting powered steering is a big job for the DIY mechanic, there are some threads on here about it, I think Vauxhal Corsa parts are used. Before going down that route though, make sure all your components in the steering system are working ok. All of the ball joints, the steering box and relay and the swivels, all can make steering heavy and vague if they are not working properly. After years of driving modern cars with powered steering I once drove an Austin Metro and couldn't believe how heavy the steering felt compared to the BMW I was driving at the time. After driving my 109 station wagon for 20 miles, I feel like I've been working out at the gym for an hour but I love it. You need to be a proper man to drive and old series.

    Col
     
  5. rynner

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    Of use maybe
    Edit.dont know how the pics doubled up.
     

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  6. rob1miles

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    Bit odd that the power steering has been removed, it is as other's have said no small job to convert to power steering and no small job to convert back. There is one "reversible" conversion, the Heystee, but I would expect a system like this to be repaired if it broke. Could it be it was a bad conversion? If so it may still bear the scars.
     
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    I know it is not what you are going to want to hear, but both the steering column and the pedal position look normal to me. As mentioned above maybe a pic from outside with the door open so we can see the seat setup as well, but so far the positioning of everything looks standard. I am 6ft and what I would describe as slim, and I manage no problem. the only "issue" is the standard banging your elbow on the door when steering which is easily solved by adopting the correct land rover driving position of window open and elbow out regardless of the weather. I would try removing the cushion (if needed for comfort then replace the seat base) and then driving it for a while and you will likely get used to it.
    You say the vehicle is new to you, so other than a good service I would not change anything until you have had it long enough to know what you want/need to change. Otherwise you will penitential spend a lot of money time and effort to modify it, lose value by losing originality, and realise later down the line that it was not necessary.
     
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    Been wondering about this issue my landrover also has large gap at dash area.
    The steering box is attached to the upstand from the chassis with 4 bolts the upstand has three bolts in slotted holes at chassis and two bolts and spacers at the footwell then the bracket engine side of bulkhead.
    Wonder if it is a case of loosen all said bolts raise wheel into correct position as Rynners pics pac correctly then retighten.
    Did my rebuild in 2010 and probably rushed the fitting of bulkhead steering etc
    Still need to increase gap slightly for passenger door will make a start freeing bolts ready to adjust all.
    @rynner could you do me a favour and measure gap from lower rim of steering wheel to your floor.
     
  9. rynner

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    Good morning,
    310mm bottom of wheel to under seat metal cover as the crow flies,
    535mm from bottom of wheel to floor,
    260mm from top of wheel to the metal windscreen surround,the top angle where the roof bolts come through,
    I had a fair bit of trouble getting my plastic cover to fit correctly as.the fusebox wiring inc extra & non standard,unfused and dangerous additions
    were badly routed.
    all the best
    ryn
    grey,misty west cornwall
     
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    I had mi drivers seat out today. Had a sit on the seatbox. Felt stupid being able to move about and reach stuff:(
     
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    There’s no magic here. If it was adjustable it would be self evident like modern vehicles. This is a vehicle from another era, it doesn’t have steering wheel adjustment. The driving position in a series is sometimes described as sitting in a church pew, very upright with the arms at half way. You may have either luxury bucket seats or the plain cushion, either one has no height adjustment. You’ll get used to it; it’s a utility vehicle. Try to get hold of a workshop manual; Haynes is very poor in detail. Enjoy.
     
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