Steering Column problem
I was working on replacing the lower seal on my steering column (69 GTO, PS). I wasn't sure how it came apart, so I started to remove the lower, bell-shaped coupler. After removing the bolt, I pried it about half-way off when I noticed the notches for the retaining ring that, once released, allows the lower shaft to come out. Ok- great; this is what I needed. So, I began to *gently tap the coupler back up on the shaft/splines but the shaft moved up inside the housing. I know about collapsable steering columns so I do emphasize that I was going easy on it (was tapping with a hand held, 6in long wooden 2x4)
Now the coupler is butted up against the outer housing about 2/3's installed. Although the bolt wont sit down in the notch in the shaft, I can theoretically bolt it together 'as is' because there is enough play in the fitment. I would like to get the coupler 100% back on though. Is there anyway to move the shaft inside the housing and hold it in place so I can tap the coupler back on? Or should I just go 'close enough' and cinch it together? Here is a pic of the part, prior to taking it apart.