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Old 10-14-2008, 06:12 PM
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Ididit steering column

Had to take my steering wheel off my Ididit steering column today, also had to remove the horn mechanism to get to the turn signal mechanism. Fixed the turn signal, and now I have a bigger problem.

I have tried everything I can think of to get the horn mechanism and the locking clip back on. According to Ididit, it's a 65 lb spring and I should use a 3/4" pipe to press down the mechanism and clip and it should just click in.

By now you must have figured out I can't get the clip down far enough no matter how hard I push. Assuming I'm a wimp since I can't do it, any one have a ideas or suggestions?

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Old 10-14-2008, 06:35 PM
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It's hard to just push it on...

So I made a tool that does that, a 3/4" piece of pipe, cut about 1" long..taper the end some, to clear the recess in the lock ring. put the clip on the shaft, then the pipe, then thread the steering wheel nut on the shaft....crank down on the nut and the clip will snap on when the lock ring is down far enough.

(the lock ring is that piece of round steel with the notches around the outside. the plastic doo-dad with the contact for the horn is underneath the lock ring)


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Thanks Mikey. Simple and elegant, I'll give it a try tomorrow.

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dont forget

how old is the column? there is a one way washer at the bottom of the column if this is a older unit. Make sure you back off the washer before you try this. It is difficult to do this in the vehicle. We stand up the column on its lower shaft and then do the compression. whether removed or not something has to hold the shaft from the bottom to keep it up wile you push down.
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how old is the column? there is a one way washer at the bottom of the column if this is a older unit. Make sure you back off the washer before you try this. It is difficult to do this in the vehicle. We stand up the column on its lower shaft and then do the compression. whether removed or not something has to hold the shaft from the bottom to keep it up wile you push down.
Good info.

If you use the method I described, the nut puts tension on the shaft, and holds it up in the upper housing while it pushes the clip down.

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This is easy to do and since I just had to do it twice became an "expert" - I just used a 13/16 socket and 'leaned' on it fairly hard. Just make sure you have everything lined up correctly, and on it goes. The Ididit website has reasonably good instructions - but you do have to dig them out.

As a note, some LeCarra adapters I found out go on too far when bolted down (at least on mine) and drag on the column. I replaced mine with a shiny Billet Specialties version that looks soooo much nicer.

(I wondered what that washer was for - I'm not using it as I could not find any use for it nor any need)

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You guys happy with that column? pro's,cons? almost time for me to buy a column and was interested in Ididit.
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I have a 'retrofit series' column for my '74 Chevy C-10 and love it. It's a solid, good looking piece. Mr. Scottdidit Callison (wink-wink) has personally helped me with a very minor plug problem when I first was installing it. So far so good a year and a half later.

Their tech department is very helpful. Communication is excellent.

And they host one helluva cruise in.

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Ididit is good stuff, I've installed about 20 of them in various cars..Never cussed them once

I'll continue to use their parts.

The real old ones used junkyard castings for the tilt mechanisms, but I think they've gotten away from using them, and are using new parts now..

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Mine is well made and solid. If you can afford it, the chrome version is nice ---- but a bit too pricy for me. The aluminum version has a 2.5 inch tube which limits your drop selections.

I do have to say - they ARE a PITA to paint

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Many thanks to Mikey and the other suggestions.

Finally got it all back together. Did you know that 3/4" PVC pipe (and all other plumbing pipe) actually measures 13/16 and the clip slips inside, but using the nut and the pipe finally got it done.

The column was installed in the RPU and didn't have any problem with it slipping down.

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Thanks for the input guy's!
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The 59 Elky has one
The 66 Elky got one last week

The 59 required some dash modifications to get the steering wheel in the right place.

On both columns----a reproduction steering wheel hub for the 69-70 Chevrolet 3-spoke wheels leaves a large gap between the hub and the column.

Still considering using the originally equipped 67 wheel on the 66
(very very late 66), but have not discovered the cost of the ring kit so I can use the original wheel.


The newer column appears to have a turnswitch that is impossible to change without dis-assy of the wire harness at the connector.

Altho as far as aeshetics(sp?) goes, looks nice----but for those who may be electrically challenged----way down the road----not so good.

(I still have not figured out how to get these apart w/o damage)


I will buy another---still got the 64 chevy short/wide to do.
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As a note, some LeCarra adapters I found out go on too far when bolted down (at least on mine) and drag on the column. I replaced mine with a shiny Billet Specialties version that looks soooo much nicer

Dave W
I found that out also Dave. I had a buddy of mine who is a machinist at one of the local chemical plants take off about 3/16" on the bottom of it.

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I must be POOR and underprivileged ...

As long as my supply of Chevy/GMC van tilt columns holds out ... I am sticking with them





I have 5 or 6 laid back ... so at my age ... I guess that's enough to keep me supplied the rest of my days
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