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C3 Steering Column (Read 2308 times)
Oct 21st, 2013 at 5:05pm

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I'm restoring a 73 Coupe. Engine, suspension, brakes, paint done. The current issue is the steering column. I'm having trouble getting everything to line up. So I'm trying to remove the column. This is a 4 speed car, so the column has a lever inside the fire wall for the transmission lock. I found a procedure to remove the column. The cable is disconnected. I can not get the plate past the lever. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,
Jimmy
 
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Reply #1 - Oct 22nd, 2013 at 4:39am

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You don't have to remove the lever to get the column out of the car. If you remove the bolts securing it to the body, just rotate the column out past the hole in the dash. You can't remove the lever without dismantling the whole column. And that is done the column removed from the car...............jack
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Reply #2 - Oct 22nd, 2013 at 9:52am

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I used a sawsall Grin...but I think Jack's way would be easier.
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2013 at 2:46pm

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Jack's instructions got me past the shift lock lever issue. I only get home on weekends, so garage time is getting tougher to get. My wife has other uses for my time. This steering column was in the car before disassembly. I now have the column in the correct position in relation to everything inside the car. Issue, the rag joint coupling is about 2 inches apart. This is a telescoping wheel, also tilt. Any hints or suggestions as getting back in. The column hung loose in the car for a long time while paint work was done. Thanks in advance for any help.
Jimmy
 
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Reply #4 - Nov 17th, 2013 at 5:07am

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Only thing I can think of is the column is collapsed. The design was that in a frontal crash, the column would collapse within in itself to a certain degree. It is a tube within a tube with plastic rivets holding the tube in place.    
  The caution here is NEVER hammer on the column to remove it from the rag joint or drop the column on the end of the shaft. This will cause the column to collapse.
  Now the problem is to pull the tube out. You might have to get creative to solve that problem. Sometimes they will come out easy. And other times they can give you a good fight.....................jack
 

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