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Old 01-15-2012, 08:56 AM
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Removing the steering wheel

I'm still taking the '37 Chevy apart,Moments away from separating the body from it's frame. I just need to remove the steering wheel... I've unbolted the central nut but the wheel won't come off. Do I need to do something else before this comes off???
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Are there two threaded holes with the steering shaft between them? If so go get a simple steering wheel puller from youd auto parts store. Shouldn't be to costly.
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Before you run off for a steering wheel puller you can do the old wriggle and pull up on the wheel like a mad man trick. Of course when you do this you want the nut on the shaft so the wheel doesn't come off as you are pulling with all your might and smacking you in the face, been there, done that.

Of course this means the nut has to be backed off leaving you some room for the wheel to come up on the shaft. If you unscrew it up until the top of the nut is flush with the top of the shaft you can have someone gently tap on the top of the shaft WHILE you are pulling up wriggling the wheel from side to side grunting like a you are trying to pull the sword from the stone at Disneyland.


Of course you have to be careful not to hit to hard or you will mushroom the top of the shaft or screw up the nut. You also have to be careful with an old steering wheel not to wriggle it too much twisting and cracking it.

I have pulled many wheels off this way, but not all of them. Sometimes (like on my Rambler) there aren't bolt holes to pull it off with a regular puller and a special puller (Rambler only) was needed. I did this trick all by my self and the wheel came right off after being there 50 years.

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Oh yeah, and I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend you pull the steering box out before trying to pull the body up over the column. I am not clear on if that is what you had in mind and I have seen guys do that (pull the body up over the column) and it is a LOT easier and safer to pull the steering box out first.

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well this is the actual situation (see pic)
As I read yours reply correctly, the steering wheel should come off
when I gently pull (and wigle) on it?
Let try that, I'll post you guy's the result...
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well this is the actual situation (see pic)
As I read yours reply correctly, the steering wheel should come off
when I gently pull (and wigle) on it?
Let try that, I'll post you guy's the result...
Did I ever say "gently"? I am talking grunting like you are trying to pull a 390 Ford intake off! We are talking it takes WAY more than "gently" pulling. I used the word "gently" when describing tapping on the top of the shaft with a hammer while someone is pulling up on the wheel like they were pushing out a 9lb kid from their birth cannel.

We are talking pulling and wriggling enough to break the wheel, that's why I said to be careful of that.

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If you are going to hit the end of the steering shaft, use a brass or lead hammer.
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If you are going to hit the end of the steering shaft, use a brass or lead hammer.
God advice there booth.

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You guy's are making me a bit scary!?!
I hope I don't damage te wheel.
wish me luck!!!!
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Looks like there are holes there for a puller. They are cheap and will avoid damage and injury. You can probably borrow one at Autozone
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Chet is right, most auto parts stores loan them, do that before you break the wheel.

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I never could get mine off
I gave up trying

let us know how it goes
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I would love to see some pics of your car

maybe when you get some extra time you could post pics here, in this 37 & 38 chevy thread I started

let us know how that steering wheel goes
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I'm building this car for the owner. He want's to keep a low profile and don't want me to post any pics of the car as long as it isn't finished. So for the next month's, the only pics I'm allowed to show are those I will share regarding a technical problem or question. It's a shame, I would have loved to share the build with you guys. On the other hand, I'll soon start the build of a new rolling chassis for my '30 Peugeot. Watch can watch this build on my thread here.
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I would love to see some pics of your car

maybe when you get some extra time you could post pics here, in this 37 & 38 chevy thread I started

let us know how that steering wheel goes
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I'm building this car for the owner. He want's to keep a low profile and don't want me to post any pics of the car as long as it isn't finished. So for the next month's, the only pics I'm allowed to show are those I will share regarding a technical problem or question.
well, thats a bummer

if you find something while building the car for him, that is interesting, technical or trivial, feel free to post the info in that thread, (no pics. required)
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