on the whole, anything goes. As long as you fit the correct shaft that goes with it. My main concern is usually wether the ignition switch is left sided or right sided. After that, when you fit up the plastic ignition / light switch covers, you might find that they interfere with the steering wheel, or that there is quite some space between the covers and the wheel.
Then, after that, you might discover that there are basically two types of steering wheels. One with a short boss, and one with a long boss. The boss here being the protruding part on the back of the wheel, where the spline is in. One will fit the other, but the other will not fit the one, if you get my drift.
Then, fourth series Spiders: they have a different boss, with many splines. Also almost always ZF, which cannot be economically restored, so you don't want that. always go for a Burman.
Anyway, if you want a steering box from a junker: Always rip EVERYTHING out, box, shaft, lock, and covers. That way, you will always be OK.
We don't have U jointed shafts here. Holy grail for the racers, as you can then lengthen the shaft, when sitting almost on the back seat, without the steering wheel up near the mirror. We adjust the pickup halfway the shaft, and then the shaft can be lowered. Cool.
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