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'64 Impala Upper Steering Coupling

I have a significant amount of slop in the upper steering coupling of my '64 Impala. Does anyone have any advise of how to corret this problem? Are OEM type bearings and housing still available? I've seen after-market u-joints to replace the lower rag joint, but are there after-market replacements for the upper coupling? Anyone found a lasting solution for correcting 47 years of wear on this vehicle?

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do you have tilt steering . if you do let me know and maybe i can guide you through it
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No, I don't have tilt steering.
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these bearings should be available from the dealer or NAPA auto parts. the upper bearing is usually mounted inside the turnsignal switch. this you will find out when you take it apart. if it has a column shifter you may have to remove the pin that holds the shifter to the column. OR you may get a replacement column from the wrecking yard. which is easier for you.. just pay attention to the way the upper shift bowl comes apart. when the turn signal switch is removed the upper bowl usually has to be turned to unlock the tabs from the column. the inner shift tube may drop down a very small amount. so when you reinstall the upper bowl and switch with bearing you may have to pull up on the inner shift tube to turn and lock the bowl in place. its not hard but can be frustrating. good luck. finding someone with a factory repair manual would help a lot because it has a lot of pictures. you might visit a dealer and get the parts depatment to print an exploded photo of it if they go back that far.
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