Early A-Body Steering Wheel Removal and Installation Step-by-Step with Pictures

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    Early A-Body Steering Wheel Removal and Installation Step-by-Step with Pictures

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      Very good write up, but missed first step of disconnect battery. My vote to be made sticky.
       
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        Yup, I did LOL, but mine was already disconnected...I will edit it, thanks for the kind words!
         
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        Congratulations Keith :cheers:
        You took the time to walk members thru this and with pictures :cheers:
        Pictures are the big thing here, it takes time. I applaud your how to thread. It don't get much better than this.

        I need to remove mine and have it reconditioned :thumblef: and I have an old
        grant to take it's place while it is getting repairs.

        I think this would be a good time to do any repairs to your turn signals if they need it.


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          Great Great write up Keith !
          I guess I missed it. Did you recondition your wheel ?

          I have been trying to put this wheel together for a while. Finding this wheel in decent condition is turning out to be pretty tough. So if anyone out there has one let me know. I also need the horn switch.

          Anyways great wheel Keith, looks killer.

          PS: Isn't there a thinner rubber pad that goes in there somewhere?
           
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          Yes, actually my dad did it for me as a birthday gift, I had the paint left over from when I painted my heater/radio delete plates and lock knobs. My original wheel wasn't bad on the outer rim, but pretty busted up at the base under the horn button (whole big pieces are actually loose). Mikes steering wheel is the same color as mine so he will be sending his to my dad (fabo member FISHYPETE) so it can be restored too. This was the first early-a wheel dad has done and it turned out great! :glasses7:

          The last 3 pics are of my old wheel, the back parts are actually loose from the wheel, maybe it can be saved yet, see what dad can do. The wheel that was restored was one I got from a member here, it didn't have many cracks so it was a good core to start with.

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          Yup, there is and thanks for the reminder, I didn't have one in mine but also didn't install it either, I think its there to keep the horn contact wire from rubbing the back side of the center cap.

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          Cool....Thanks again for the great write up. Definately took all the mystery out.
          And props to your Dad. He does great work !
           
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            Thanks alot Johnny :glasses7:
             
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            So what you're telling me is in step #4 I can't use a BFH? :D
             
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              One question, shouldn't you have used shrink tubing or tape to cover the cracks in the horn wire? Looks like it could short. Other than that, looks good. Didn't realize you could get a 2 spoke wheel without the quarter horn ring.
               
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                Thanks for the reminder, it was cracked on that wheel and I didn't switch them around, I will pull the cap off and wrap it up good to be sure.
                 
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                Cool how-to!
                 
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                  Great write up & pictures. Restored wheel looks awesome. Thanks Keith. Getting ready to do turn signal cancel cam replacement in my valiant & will try to follow suit with write up & pics.

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                    Same here, they work 1/3 of the time so I will take care of that while I am there and pull my wheel this strongend :cheers: 58 and sunny Saturday :cheers:.
                     
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                    Great writeup. Has anybody repaired the cracks in the plastic? My 65 wheel has a chunk that fell out around the center part. It fits back tightly, so if I epoxy it back there will only be a thin crack to fill. I was thinking of trying "plastic epoxy". Any suggestion? I also have fiberglass epoxy. I wonder what will stick well.
                     
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                      Excellent post!!! Been there and done it before on my early a body cuda my first on a 66 cuda! When redoing it for street class racing all was done and sterring wheel was not straight after realighnment of front end so did just what you did to remove it and realighn it! Way to go looks great and excellent post!

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                        I think the steering wheel only fits at one clocking since there is a "wide groove" you must match. It seems I see it in the photos above. However, on the bottom end where the coupler attaches to the steering gear, I looked and looked for a locating groove and found none on either end in my 65 Dart. I know my 65 Newport and 69 Dart had one. Either 65 Darts were different or somebody jammed it on wrong and swaged a new groove. My point is that, you shouldn't booger with the steering wheel or coupler to get the steering wheel centered. You should adjust the tie rod couplers to center it. That is a standard part of alignment. You could mess up the toe-in (bad!) if you try yourself and don't know exactly how to do it.
                         
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                        I wish someone will take this farther and do a column rebuild with the steering shaft bearing and all. There are 2 screws that will defy most anyone not familiar with the column design.
                         
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                        Diagrams in the manuals don't show how they go together and I had missing parts. Now I know-thanks to you!
                         
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                          I'm restoring mine right now. My steering wheel had over 40 cracks and the whole hub was gone. I used a lot of POR-15 (available at Amazon) some of my sculpting skills, files, Dremel and lot of patience with sanding. I had to find a Dart to measure the correct dimensions.

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