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#541403 - February 20th 2012 7:37 pm How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin?
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Fircrest, WA
I started to ry the swap from non-tilt to tilt column in my 83 Dodge shorty today and was stymied by the first step removing the roll pin in the bottom of the non-tilt column. I just can't get a good angle on it to whack it with a hammer.

Anybody have any tips on getting these out? The FSM just says "remove the roll pin."
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#541465 - February 21st 2012 1:32 am Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 8439
Loc: Fircrest, WA
Really? Nobody has any suggestions? Nate? Ken?
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#541467 - February 21st 2012 1:54 am Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
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Registered: April 13th 2011 1:37 pm
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Loc: blountstown FL.
Use a c-clamp with a smaller pin and press it out
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#541468 - February 21st 2012 1:55 am Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
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Registered: April 13th 2011 1:37 pm
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Loc: blountstown FL.
Use a c-clamp with a smaller pin and press it out
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#541469 - February 21st 2012 2:00 am Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: River_Rat]
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Registered: September 27th 2008 12:49 pm
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Reed,you're talking the one down by the steering box right? If you haven't invested in a set of pin punches nows the time.If I remember correctly you may have to turn the steering wheel a 1/4-1/2 turn to get a better swing with a suitable hammer.Good luck my friend.
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#541491 - February 21st 2012 6:43 am Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
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Registered: August 23rd 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 20415
Loc: Brooklyn Park, Maryland, USA
I was gonna say use a small drift punch to remove the roll pin. Lloyd is co-rrect.
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#541567 - February 21st 2012 12:08 pm Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 8439
Loc: Fircrest, WA
OK, thanks for the input. I guess it is time to get some more tools (yay!). I was trying to use a hammer and a straightened out piece of a pegboard hook, but that just wasn't working. I was turning the wheel every which way, trying to get it from above and below, and it just wasn't happening.
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#541618 - February 21st 2012 4:15 pm Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
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Registered: August 23rd 2005 12:00 pm
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Loc: Brooklyn Park, Maryland, USA
Spray it down with PB Blaster, or penetrant of your choice.
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#541679 - February 21st 2012 9:02 pm Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
86ed Offline
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Registered: May 24th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 2294
Loc: puyallup,wa
i did the swap out in my '86 about 5 years ago and i must have used a hammer and punch, can't really remember now. i do remember i had the wheel turned a little to get a better whack at it. i think i had to have a piece of metal a foot or two long against the punch to get a good enough whack at it. i don't know why i can't remember clearly now but i do remember struggling badly on the whole process. good luck.

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#542457 - February 24th 2012 12:19 pm Re: How do I remove the &$&^$#&%$@ steering column roll pin? [Re: Reed]
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Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
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What they said.... though the wheel well.
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