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Yes, column looks swapped. Probably installed saginaw power steering box. If done well, not a bad thing. Steering box should be along the driver's side frame rail, with this column, probably right behind the bumper in front of the grill (was originally back, by the shock tower).
It it's up in the front, they would have to put a hole for the column through the frame rail. Check how cleanly that was cut, and if it has a tube welded in to reinforce (maintain original strength with the hole). And make sure the steering box isn't mounted with a stack of washers behind it to make it fit.
Also make sure the turn signal switch works, fully, both turning signal lights on and cancelling properly when the wheel straightens out. And, that there is a portion of the column that'll collapse if you hit something hard, a big safety issue that came along in the '70's, and with the location of these PS boxes with the conversion something to make sure is safe.
If you're worried this isn't original, you oughta maybe keep looking for something with a 2F anyways...