Originally Posted by ktrmoses
i have a 69 camaro i just put a 496 in, and the headers are hitting the steering wheel lockout bracket. i asume when you put the car in gear (700r4) it unlocks the steering wheel. can this be removed and the rod scured in the unlock position? new hot rod guy any help would be appreciated.
It actually works the other way around. When you turn the key to unlock the steering wheel, the linkage also unlocks the shifter. Once GM went to the federally-mandated steering wheel and shifter lock, they also changed the neutral safety switch design such that even floor shift cars used the steering column-mounted NSS. If you have an aftermarket shifter with it's own NSS or if your car still has the console-mounted NSS, then you can remove the backdrive linkage with no problems. Just be sure that the steering column collar (where the shifter would be on a column shift car) remains fully counterclockwise. If it rotates at all, the internal mechanism prevents the key from turning to the lock position. If that happens, just turn the collar CCW with your hand.