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  • 63 Lark Steering Column Help

    I took apart the steering column on this Lark I'm working on to paint it. I took 2 nuts off from the upper housing near the center of the shaft. The 2 square head bolts fell in, and I can't figure how to get them back in to hold the shift housing and the Turn Signal down. It looks like these bolts hold both assembles to the column tube. Assemble pictures of the column would be a big help.

  • #2
    Reassembly involves putting the nuts on the screws, then putting the collar in place, working the nuts into their 'nests,' then turning the screws to tighten the nuts.

    I know this isn't what you want. If you can get the nuts out, perhaps you can figure out what I'm about, above.

    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
    '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
    ....On the road, again....
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars


    • #3
      Thanks for the reply. I figured it out. The 2 square bolts has to fit into the slot in the column tube then up through the turn signal housing. It was tricky as both had to be done at the same time. I held the shift housing down with a pull strap, then pulled up on the T-signal housing. Then put both bolts in place and then pushed down on the T-signal housing while wiggling the bolts into the hole. Then I installed the nuts & tightened it down. It was a PITA, but I got it done.


      • #4
        Dental tools and a small magnetic tool did the trick for me. I did the same thing as you when I was repainting my column.


        • #5
          I put mine in with the column hanging upside down... made it easier. Then the column went into the car.

          duane miller


          • #6
            I find it easier to install the t-bolts into the TS housing and put the nuts on with only one or two threads engaged then set the whole thing in place, but whatever works for you.


            55 Commander Starlight
            55 Commander Starlight