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  • Jeff_H
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    I wonder if the steering shaft is binding in the column. When the new box was put in maybe the box to frame bolts were tightened and then the column was pulled up (forced) to the dash instead of the other way around. You don't want a binding shaft as it could break from the stress!

    Jeff

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  • JDP
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    I don't think it the bearing, I's bet it's elsewhere, like the steering box. Maybe it needs grease, or was adjusted too tight.

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  • bing kunzig
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    A NOS steering box was installed 1000 miles ago. The steering was very tight and somewhat difficult with the new box. The installer said it would loosen up by the time I got home. Didn't happen. It just felt like there was resistance in the column. So 1000 miles later it freed itself somewhat and the steering is less difficult. BUT when the wheel is turned you can feel sort of a grinding sensation. I took it to another mechanic for an evaluation on an unrelated matter and as he parked the car he said the steering column bearings are shot.

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  • N8N
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    sure you could, but I have seen some with significant play in them. Dunno what the OP's situation is...

    nate

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  • GTtim
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    Couldn't a person just oil the bearing instead of replacing it?
    Tim K.

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Aw geeeeezzz......... All these years I thought BTW stood for Bearing Torque Wrench!!![V] LOL! Just foolin'! [:0][}]

    Miscreant at large.

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    1963 Daytona project FS

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    BTW stands for 'by the way'

    A list of way more computer acronyms is at:
    http://www.freewarehof.org/acronyms.html
    Jeff[8D][b]





    quote:Originally posted by bing kunzig

    Thanks for your reply. But what is the color and what does BTW mean?
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  • rockne10
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    BY THE WAY

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  • N8N
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    I think he means 'collar' - you need to remove the little potmetal piece that holds the directional switch assembly. Should be pretty obvious from there. Hardest part will be fishing all those wires back down the column, followed by getting those #$%^&& square headed bolts that hold the collar on back in their little slots. Once you get it apart you will see what I'm talking about. I believe the bearing is pressed in so if you don't have an arbor press or big vice at your disposal it might be easier to run it to a machine shop, if you have one nearby.

    nate

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  • bing kunzig
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    Thanks for your reply. But what is the color and what does BTW mean?

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  • JDP
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    I think there is just one on top, just need to pull the wheel and take the color apart. BTW, they seldom need repacement.

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  • bing kunzig
    Guest started a topic steering column bearings

    steering column bearings

    Has anyone ever replaced the bearings in the steering column? If so how difficult was it? Are they available still? Mine is a '57 S. Hawk.
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