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Old 04-18-2005, 10:22 AM
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Cadillac telescoping wheel removal

I am trying to take the steering wheel off my telescoping cadillac column, but I don't know how to remove the piece that the telescoping lever sets on.
Does this rod thread in the column? The rod I am referring to goes through the nut that holds the wheel on, and has a stop on the end that won't allow the nut to come off.

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PM Horvath with that question. He has one of those Caddy 'scope columns in his '54 Chevy pickup and I know he has been inside it a few times.
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:51 AM
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Hey, RodFather

I have a Caddy tilt/tele column in my beloved truck ... but I haven't removed my steering wheel yet. I've removed the tele-lever and everything else but the steering wheel -- at the point of removing the steering wheel itself, I was thinking I just needed a steering wheel puller to proceed.

I know the nut you're talking about, but I haven't tried to unscrew that. Are you saying the nut won't turn?
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I am not familiar with that particular column but it is safe to assume you will need a puller to get the wheel off.

I have this Harbor Freight set for many years and have pulled countless things apart with it. Great investment!
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Old 04-25-2005, 07:16 AM
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I have a puller. There is a piece (for telescoping) that is soldered on. I have that seperated, and everything is fine now. Couple more pieces than a regular column, but after messing with it I wasn't hard to get apart.
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How about some how-to pictures in a Journal?
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Old 04-25-2005, 01:34 PM
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Will do. I have to put the steering wheel back on as I'm doing that I will snap some pics of the tricky stuff.
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Thanks for that -- I'll be interested. I want to lose that Caddy Wheel and put a 55 Chevy Wheel on.

Which part is soldered?

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When you take the center part off the wheel you have to remove the lever that makes the wheel telescope. that very top piece is soldered on. However, as I put it back together it appears that you can unscrew that hole piece without breaking the solder. I will try to get pics up tonight.
You also need a special adapter that's made for this column to adapt an aftermarket wheel.
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I will try to get pics up tonight.
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You also need a special adapter that's made for this column to adapt an aftermarket wheel.
Hmmm ... what about a "regular" Chevy wheel, I wonder?

Do you know where to get the adaptor and how much it costs?

Thanks for all your info on this, bro'.

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Old 04-26-2005, 08:19 AM
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I think I remember seeing the adapter sold at Juliano's.
the adapter has an extra long "cover" that hides the working's behind the wheel when it's extended. I hope that makes sense.
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Sorry about taking so long to get up pics. I have been trying to get ready for Springfield.

Pics are up in Journal.
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Telescoping column

Those columns usually had a ring that the telescope adjusting lever attached to with several screws, accessable after taking off the horn pad. Take out the screws from the adjusting lever, feed the lever through the slot in the streering wheel, and unscrew the attaching ring counter-clockwise until it comes out of the steering shaft. With that out, you should be able to pull the steering wheel with a regular puller after taking off the strg. whl. attaching nut.
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