Steering Coupler Rebuild "How To"

  1. Cuda Al

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      The small pin goes in the top of the housing right below the seal. It keeps coupler from coming apart if the shaft pulled up.
       
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      • Cuda Al

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        Must have been something that was added later, the 67-69 columns I have done didn't have it.

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        Since I was working on a bare shaft I wasn't thinking about the orientation of the housing on the shaft.
        The notch on the housing goes up, if your steering wheel isn't on yet, the master spline for the steering wheel is up.


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          Excellent write up, thanks Al.
           
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          Yes, the small pin may have been added in the later years. Now that you mention it I have seen them without it.
          While were on the subject the finish on the coupler was bare steel, correct?
           
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          Al,
          can you describe this notch or point out in a picture? Thanks
           
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          The notch is just above the splined hole.
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            Great thread @Cuda Al

            It's been moved to our "How To Articles" section. Thank You for the detailed write up...
             
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              Mine needs atention too - BIG THANK YOU !


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              For reference pg 21-8 1965 Plymouth service manual

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                Thanks for the article. I'm going to rebuild my coupler. I ordered the parts from steer and gear, and I have removed the steering column. Is is necessary to remove the steering shaft from the column to rebuild the coupler?
                 
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                No, the steering column assembly can be left together.


                Alan
                 
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                  Thanks everyone. Got the coupler cleaned up ready to reassemble with the new parts. Getting the new locking clamp on the new seal is a chore if you don't have four hands. None of the many clamps I have would fit on the coupler while I drove the tabs down. I was getting frustrated when the idea hit me to mount it up in the drill press. Worked like a champ!

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                    Hey Guys, Great info and forum...Thankyou !
                    I bought a 71 Demon about 1.5 years ago and not sure what is going on, but I have 2 of those steering couplers welded end2end to make up the distance needed from the end of the steering column to the manual steering box.
                    • Also end of steering column shaft has what looks like a 1/4" drill thru hole that seems to serve no purpose.
                    • Could this have been a power steering car converted to manual steering using the power steering column ?
                    • If so what is needed to correct this? I have about a 6" gap between end of steering shaft and spline on manual steering box.

                    Thanks, Mike
                     
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                    The steering shaft hole is for the pin that holds the shoes in coupler. Sounds like power steering to manual conversion was make on your car. There are companies that offer an extension for the shaft to steering gear.
                     
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                    Hey, THANKS GSXcite for your response. Measured the length of the one coupler today and its about 3" long, the rough length of one of the aftermarket extensions from Summit Racing, Classic Industries etc, that you stated. my thought of the car having a power steering to manual conversion and your confirmation is appreciated ! Thanks for the help. Love this website! Take Care...
                     
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                    Glad to help. Don't know about the ones from classic or summit, but I know others are available that are specific to your application so you can use the proper coupler. Perhaps others will chime in with the name of the company, might be steer and gear .
                     
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