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Username Post: Steering column problem        (Topic#361627)
Beltfed 
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07-03-20 07:34 AM - Post#2797781    

Pulled the steering column apart to replace plastic turn signal paw on my stock 1957 Belair. Have all the manuals that are recommended for the car. Put the column back together per instructions and drawings. The steering wheel lacks about 3/8



Edited by Beltfed on 07-03-20 01:45 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


acardon 
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07-03-20 04:10 PM - Post#2797816    
    In response to Beltfed

  • Quote:
The steering wheel lacks about 3/8

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Beltfed 
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07-04-20 08:15 AM - Post#2797858    
    In response to acardon

I did not remove column. Nothing forward of the firewall has been touched. I did loosen the screw that supposedly clamps the adjusting washer (per instructions), but only on the second attempt to get spacing correct. By closely looking at drawings, it looks like this adjuster washer has a tang which the screw captures. I don



 
acardon 
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07-04-20 10:36 AM - Post#2797871    
    In response to Beltfed

This is what the adjusting washer looks like. It cams the shift collar by the sloped edges resting on the indentions in the column outer jacket, when it is rotated, but it won't move it 3/8 of an inch. You must have the lock ring in wrong. The 3 ears on the lock ring go under the tabs on top of the mast jacket, and they are not semetrical. The lock ring determines the location of the turn signal housing.


Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


Edited by acardon on 07-04-20 10:37 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Beltfed 
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07-04-20 10:59 AM - Post#2797876    
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Many thanks for the photo, with your very clear explanation of how it functions! I now understand that the washer is indeed there because the screw will tighten. It also clears up my confusion with the slot the screw rides in being perpendicular to the column.
The dog eared washer is installed correctly as is the thrust washer.
Looks like I



 
acardon 
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07-04-20 11:59 AM - Post#2797882    
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You might try assembling it without the shift collar to examine why the turn signal housing is going down too far. The housing rests right on top of the outer jacket in a grove. You do have a stock wheel?

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Beltfed 
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07-04-20 12:33 PM - Post#2797886    
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As I



Edited by Beltfed on 07-04-20 12:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
acardon 
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07-04-20 01:39 PM - Post#2797895    
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Where do you live, I'll be right over.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Beltfed 
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07-04-20 03:03 PM - Post#2797902    
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Yum-yum...sorry, the pulled pork, corn on the cob, and strawberry shortcake are done for. There is a little ice cream left. Hurry, it



 
Beltfed 
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07-05-20 03:07 PM - Post#2797995    
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Tried again this morning with no luck. Poked around steering forward of firewall and nothing looked like it



 
acardon 
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07-05-20 03:25 PM - Post#2797997    
    In response to Beltfed

Are you sure it wasn't that way before you took it apart? I don't see how the turn signal housing can go down too far, since it sits on top of the column and can't go down any farther.
Is it a stock steering box and stock steering wheel?

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
Beltfed 
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07-06-20 08:57 AM - Post#2798039    
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It sure looks like original box and steering wheel. As to being in this condition before I started, I



 
4dr 57 
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07-07-20 03:29 PM - Post#2798167    
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Thought the shaft was "centered" at the top by the inner brass bearing of the rubber upper horn contact (removable.) I guess you could just swap that out.
Easiest, most efficient thing may be to take the old one out as well as the turn signal housing and center the shaft to the gauge cluster via the the steering box, as there probably isn't any other venue if you have tried those steps. Then you will know what you've got, be familiar with it, and not be cornfused anymore as it's pretty simple. It's just parts. Alignment would require removing the wheel and the turn signal housing if I remember correctly. If not, someone will let is know, hopefully.



It's all good. mostly




 
Beltfed 
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07-07-20 09:45 PM - Post#2798190    
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I have no idea what went wrong. It seems the mast will have to be moved up to shrink the distance between the different parts. I think I will move on to other areas (there are plenty) and revisit this problem when I have room around the steering box to work. The engine is dropping one cylinder and the trans is leaking everywhere.
I



 
4dr 57 
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07-08-20 01:35 AM - Post#2798196    
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Did you actually try loosening the steering mast clamp on the firewall side to make the needed adjustment? It may just be loose enough to have let the mast fall down a bit. I think this is what acardon was getting at.



It's all good. mostly




 
Beltfed 
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07-08-20 12:17 PM - Post#2798221    
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I didn



 


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