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Old 01-20-2009, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Could someone help me with the steps to remove my steering column?

My Mustang is a '67 with the solid shaft from the steering box. I removed the bolts which hold the housing to the dash and have removed the steering wheel. Do I need to remove the turn signal switch and the two bolts below it? If not, what am I missing?
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Unbolt it from the dash. Unbolt the 4 bolts that hold it to the firewall. Unbolt the ragjoint that connects it to the steering box. Disconnect all wiring. No need to remove the turn signal switch or the steering wheel.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've not unbolted the four bolts to the firewall so maybe that is what I am missing. I did not realize they held in the column. I though they just held in the grommet it slide through.
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Unbolt it at the firewall, there are four or five screws that hold the bracket to the firewall and two nuts/bolts that hold it tight around the shaft at the firewall.

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Old 01-20-2009, 11:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You only need to loose the screw that sandwiches the column to the grommet. Once this is loose give it a good pull and it will come out (assuming you unbolted the shaft from the steering gear box). The other screws/bolts simply hold the grommet to the firewall. I went through this last week when I replaced my rag joint.

No need to remove the steering wheel or turn signal cam, just disconnect the multi-prong connector under the dash.


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Thanks for all the help. I have an early '67 so there is no rag joint but I believe most of the process should be the same.
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I'm still missing something.

I removed the piece shown from the firewall but mine looks different. Mine is just a flat piece of metal on the firewall. It does not have the bolt which goes above and below the column. In fact, it does not connect to the column at all.

I think there must be something special you must do with an early '67 which has the long shaft coming out of the steering box. Anyone know what I am missing?
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On the early 67's, I think you have to remove the steering wheel. The wheel is directly connected to the shaft that runs to the steering box. After that is done, you should be able to pull the column out. To remove the box, you might have to jack up the front of the car and pull it out from underneath. You'll have to remove the 3 bolts that hold the box, the pitman arm, and get the drag links out of the way.
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I've taken off the steering wheel, the clamp which holds the column to the dash, and the firewall panel which holds the grommet for the steering column. The column is not connected to anything except the steering box.

There is not a rag joint to disconnect as this is a solid, long shaft design like in the '66 cars.

I do not have the turn signal part or bolts behind it out and don't want to try unless this is necessary. I'm afraid the turn signal mechanism might break.
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I had to look in a manual. It says that there is a snap ring under the switch that holds the upper shaft bearing in place. Other than that, I can't think/find anything else in the way.
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