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Rag Joint Replacement - Steering Coupler (Read 9327 times)
Sep 11th, 2012 at 8:40am
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I could have sworn I read some tips on how to replace the rag joint but couldn't find it. I removed all the bolts and spread the clamp apart a bit but I must be missing something. it moved about half an inch towards the steering box but the top was still connected to the steering shaft. Need to know before I break out the 2 lb sledge.

Charlie
 
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Reply #1 - Sep 11th, 2012 at 9:43am

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Two choices remove the box or the column. You Pick.............jack
 

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Reply #2 - Sep 11th, 2012 at 10:04am

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I think it's easier to drop the column , take out the bolts on the firewall & slide it back. you can check & replace your steering column bearings at this time too. It's only about a 2 beer job Wink
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Reply #3 - Sep 11th, 2012 at 10:45am
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well, I started messing with it Saturday and gave up and decided to drop the engine in so I now have a lot less room so I think I'll go with dropping the column.

Thanks Guys,
Charlie
 
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Reply #4 - Sep 23rd, 2012 at 2:40am

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Charlie,
I have a 3lb sledge I used on our old leaking dishwasher, it leaks no more Cheesy it was a beautiful thing Cool the neighbors think I'm a little off so I recommend you use a smaller sledge and not do it in front of the garage LOL, good luck!
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Reply #5 - Sep 23rd, 2012 at 9:36am
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Removed the lower dash panel, the 2 bolts and the bracket on the firewall and that gave me plenty of room to get it out. Bought the wrong disc though so had to swap it out and getting the old one apart was a bitch. tnded up using a cut off wheel on the riveted side and then it came apart. parts cleaned and painted and just need to re-asemble. fixin to do it now and will take some photo's along the way. tempted to break out the sledge though. usually the 1st thing that comes to mind.

Charlie
 
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Reply #6 - Sep 24th, 2012 at 7:40am
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Well, got it all done and it was a pain doing it by myself. fighting the steering column and trying to mate the rod to the coupler was a task. all done. still can;t drive it though. the one hose still leaked and I went to tighten and re-position and I broke the flare off the hose. That hose was bent anyway and the reason for the leak so I have another one arriving in a couple days and then I can drive down the road. On a good note, the coupler was not lined up correctly and I think that's wht my left blinker would not stay on. we'll see.

will post photo's in a couple days.
Charlie
 
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Reply #7 - Sep 24th, 2012 at 5:16pm

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That is a pain if you are doing it yourself. I had my column out three or four times when I was trying to line mine up to the Borgeson steering box I replaced the old worn-out gearbox with.
Glad you got the job done.
 

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Reply #8 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 6:04am
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Luckily I had a box in the garage that was just the right height to sit on the seat and hold the steering wheel up. then it was just a matter of lining it up and pressing the shaft on the coupler. doesn't seem like it fit in as deep as the old one but it's not off by much. I thought you had a post Brian but I couldn't find one.

Charlie
 
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Reply #9 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 9:11am

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That's how I did mine, put wood on the seats until it was lined up. Funny how you have to do more to make up for those missing extra hands. glad it worked out for you.
Alan Smiley
When I took the column out of the 68 it was completely gone so I had to install another one & went with the Flaming River tilt. They didn't have a way to fit it in a vet back then so I fabricated everything to make it fit.
 
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Reply #10 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 9:34am
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I had a question about the telescopic steering. I only have 1 lever which is the tilt but I have a lock screw in the shaft that you can loosen and move it in our out quite a bit and lock it in place. Is this standard or does it sound like someone modified it?

Charlie
 
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Reply #11 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 10:38am

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Take some pictures...it sounds like a modification, but that's how it works off the top of the shaft.
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Reply #12 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 11:16am
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yeah, all I have to do is pop my horn button off and loosen the screw and it gives me about 6-7" of play. the original colum had a collar that was about 6" long and I guess that's to cover the shaft when you pull the wheel back.

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I used the colar at first but couldn't get it perfectly centered so it wouldn't rub so I had to use the cover that came with the steering wheel.

Charlie
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Reply #13 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 11:24am
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That's the way it worked.  The lever was the tilt, but the telescopic part worked off a ring on the top of the wheel.  Loosen, adjust wheel height, retighten.
http://www.ecklerscorvette.com/corvette-telescopic-steering-column-locking-ring-...

Dale
 
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Reply #14 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 12:15pm
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Ahhh, that's what that thing was. hmm, never thought of turning it. was tempted to cut the notch off with my cut-off wheel too. Oh well, it's in a box in the attic now. Interesting. Thanks Dale.

Charlie
 
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