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    Hi all! I was working on a friends 52 Champion today, his low reverse is not engaging at the shifter on the 3 speed column shifter, so the jacket and shifter control need to come out. From the picture in the shop manual it looks like I need a special tool to remove the steering wheel. I very gently tried to use a couple of different pullers but that wasn't happening. The steering wheel appears brittle and is already cracked in the hub-to-spoke area, I don't want to make it worse. Does anybody know where I might get one of these special tools, or what a good substitute might be? In the picture the tool looks like a bearing spreader.


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    I cannot help with the special tool, I will just say that I've pulled a lot of wheels and my 52 Champion was the hardest one to remove I ever encountered. I tried a couple different arrangements of pullers and still pretty much destroyed the thing. I figured on using a different wheel anyway, but it was still a bummer. Proceed with caution.


    • #3
      I don't know if it will work on a '52 Champion, but I bought a a puller from Studebaker International that worked great on my '53 Commander, when other ones wouldn't work at all.
      Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
      '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
      '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
      '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)