CJ5 Parts Compatibility Question
My 1977 CJ5 needs some work on the steering most of all. I'll be going to a HUGE salvage yard on Saturday to look around for a mainly a new steering column for the jeep. If anyone is familiar with Pull-a-Part, this is where I'll be going. They do not have many CJ's (if any) in their inventory.
This may be a dumb question, but can I use parts from another type of vehicle for this? It's hard to find a reasonably priced steering column when you are on a budget. I have read that the old jeep steering columns were made by Saginaw and could be replaced with a steering column from a GM vehicle. Is that accurate? The PO put an automatic (what looks to be GM steering column due to the steering wheel being from a Chevy) in the jeep even though it's a 3spd manual so I would assume that this is true.
Obviously using OE parts would be best but even a reman steering column costs upwards of $300 and I'm not looking to spend that much.
Would a late 80's-mid 90's column and steering box from a Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, or Comanche be compatible for my CJ?
Any suggestions or comments? Thanks!