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Re: TD Steering Wheel

To: mgs@Autox.Team.Net
Subject: Re: TD Steering Wheel
From: "A. B. Bonds" <>
Date: 22 Dec 1997 10:05:26 -0600
In <>, Frank R. Krajewski wrote:
>Almost hate to disrupt the list with a tech related question! Anyone
>have a tip on removing the steering wheel from a 1953 TD? I removed the
>nut, the bolt that locks the adjustment and can adjust the wheel in and
>out but cannot get it to come off the splines. The shop manual mentions
>removing a key (?) but the only key I can see locates the wheel on the
>shaft and does not appear to be removable (I did try to no avail!). Is
>it a rust problem? I have been soaking the splines in Liquid Wrench and
>WD 40 for days now but still no luck. Would appreciate any tips from
>those more experienced with TDs!

Yes, there is a key, and I'm not referring to the one that locates
the wheel on the shaft.  It is kind of oblong with rounded ends. It
sits flush with the outer casing, so is very hard to detect.  It is
under the chrome coil thingie.  As I recall, you have to push the end
of the chrome coil (I don't remember whether outer or inner...) up (or
down) as far as possible, so as to compress the coil, and the key is
visible.  Since it is flush with the surface, you have to pick it
out with a very tiny screwdriver or some such.  You can't remove the
key unless the wheel is NOT against a stop, i.e., it is neither as 
far out or as far in as it will go.  I know, clear as mud, but trust
me, it's there, and you won't get the thing off until the key is removed.

                        A. B. Bonds

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