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Rag joint question
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So, I knew I should have changed my rag joint out prior to installing the gearbox but in a rush, I didn't. Do I have to drop/remove the steering column or remove the gearbox to install the new rag joint? I have read that you can install it with the gearbox and column in place and the the column will kind of collapse some to give you space to install the rag joint but looks like mine doesn't want to move any inward to give me that space. Any assistance would be appreciated and thanks. 

Tom
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#2
You don't try to move the column, just the shaft. The column is held in place with a clamp at the base of the column, inside against the firewall and a bracket under the dash. The shaft may not be easy to move, due to years of corrosion. The problem with pushing the shaft up (collapsing it) is getting it to extend back out into the rag joint, not much working space. I would loosen the column and slide the column up enough to get the rag joint replaced, much easier than trying to deal with dropping the box.



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#3
Thanks Don, yea, I loosened the clamp inside and the firewall bolts just now and was able to convince it to give me enough room to get the rag joint out. Now I guess I have to grind off the ends of the studs so that I can install the new dorman joint from the help section. It's about 100 degrees out right now, so taking this in small steps, gotta love Georgia weather and not having a closed in garage. Thanks for the advice,

Tom
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#4
Decided that the spines inside didn't look to be in the greatest of condition and the pins are a pain in the ____ to press out, ordered a new assembly from OMS instead, hopefully should be here in a few days.

67-73 STEERING SHAFT COUPLER, ORIGINAL STYLE
Item #C7OZ-3A525-ORG

Totally worth the $40 in my opinion as it is raining like a son of a gun this weekend and with just a carport to work under, I would rather wait until its not as bad outside. Thanks for everything guys.

Tom
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vintageman Wrote:Decided that the spines inside didn't look to be in the greatest of condition and the pins are a pain in the ____ to press out, ordered a new assembly from OMS instead, hopefully should be here in a few days. 

67-73 STEERING SHAFT COUPLER, ORIGINAL STYLE
Item #C7OZ-3A525-ORG

Totally worth the $40 in my opinion as it is raining like a son of a gun this weekend and with just a carport to work under, I would rather wait until its not as bad outside. Thanks for everything guys.

Tom
Is your column a tilt? I think they use a different coupler? Might be wrong I am a lot, lol.


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David
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#6
You're correct, David, the tilt column coupler is different, and I don't believe it is reproduced. The only option with it is to replace the rubber disk.



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#7
Thanks for the input guys, no mine is not a tilt column. The part I listed and ordered looks just like the one that I have now. Tracking already says OMS has it in the mail, great service and price from OMS.

Tom
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#8
+1 on good service from OMS.



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#9
I hope it is not the Scott Drake one. It doesn’t work. The pins are too short.

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(06-24-2019, 09:26 PM)Don C Wrote: +1 on good service from OMS.
Agree on the great service from Don at OMS. He goes above and beyond! Ryan

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