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Quick Fix For Steering? #742856
November 18th 2018 1:00 am
November 18th 2018 1:00 am
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Heyall,

Dug into steering all at once today . Pulled steering wheel and tried to rehab ragjoint . Loosened column and noticed no bearing in shaft toward the bottom at the coupler. Lots of slop. Need quick fix or link to easily replace bearing ? All Major web stores have a clamshell type bushing that fits around shaft with a couple springs or clips to secure for over $50. Has anyone McGuyver anything easier ? Like some end link polyeurathane bushing or any application you made to slide up steering tube and secure ? I would like to know. Seems like there must be a cheaper alternative.


Also need to separate ragjoint from steering box but lower side has fixed pin, press fit studs, and clips holding the ragjoint . How to procede even with aftermarket hardware ?

Also replacement steering (true Dodge B200) wheel doesn't feel like a fit to the spline count on this column shaft. How to seat steering wheel properly over splines ?

Thank You

Re: Quick Fix For Steering? [Re: Overdose] #742907
November 19th 2018 12:20 am
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Got out the rag joint and drilled out to reinstall. Lots of progress. Column is in pretty bad shape , feels like sand in the shifter . spline end was beat up and steering wheel forced . Need to rebuild. Anybody know a good Mopar column rebuilder in So Cal ?

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Re: Quick Fix For Steering? [Re: Overdose] #742977
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I guess no one has ever removed and restored a column

Re: Quick Fix For Steering? [Re: Overdose] #743023
November 22nd 2018 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by Overdose
Got out the rag joint and drilled out to reinstall. Lots of progress. Column is in pretty bad shape , feels like sand in the shifter . spline end was beat up and steering wheel forced . Need to rebuild. Anybody know a good Mopar column rebuilder in So Cal ?


Hey OD, Born and raised in Pasadena!

So. I went back and read thru to see what year we're talking about. So I believe, a 42 year old MOPAR. column. Man. I wouldn't even know where to start, so I feel your pain. If you are unable to find a Rebuilder, the possible solutions? A Donor, possibly from a newer model. Or. The Custom Car guys put different Columns into Cars, Lots of Customizers around SoCal. Lowriders too. Hit them up? Good Hunting my Friend!


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Re: Quick Fix For Steering? [Re: Overdose] #743731
December 14th 2018 8:34 am
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I've rebuilt Chevy columns on 67-72 trucks, but they are somewhat easy to find the parts for. YES absolutely get something in there, without a bearing for support, you will eventually wear the column down and it will snap the shaft. How do I know this? It's happened to me before.

In my case I was driving the truck to my hunting camp, I had literally just pulled off the main road which was 55 and into the parking spot 2 minutes up the trail when the shaft snapped and I had no control. 2 minutes earlier and I would have probably been upside down in the creek. I had to rebuild that one in the middle of the woods on the bed and tailgate.

If you can't source a good bearing somewhere, try the truck columns. I would think the poly would work in a pinch, but I would feel more comfortable with an actual bearing. My one tip is lay the parts out in order when you take them out, so it's easy to install them in reverse order. Good luck man.

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