The slot that you refer to is where the shifter box on a column mounted
3 speed sits. If you aren't running a 3 on the tree, I think that there
is a rubber plug that fills the hole.
As for the horn wire, since your column is already out its a breeze to
replace. Buy the new one from your favorite supplier, pop the old one
out (I didn't have a special tool either; a flat head screwdriver and a
pair of vice grips worked fine), run some scrap wire through the inside
of the column from the horn wire exit hole to the top, tie the new wire
to this piece and pull it through. The cap just snaps in and you're
I cant say whether or not you should rebuild your steering box, but I
will tell you that I paid the $60+ dollars for the rebuild kit and it
was a first class pain in the rear. Look in the shop manual at how to
tighten (or adjust) the steering. Its easy to do, and judging by others
that I have talked to, this fixes a lot of loose steering problems
without taking everything apart. Your call.
Hope this helps
49 3100 Deluxe
24 1 ton
Antonio R. Tijerino wrote:
> I have been putting my truck back together little by litle as money,
> wife, kids, jobs and tim permits. I am in the process of re-installing
> steering colunm, I notice that there are no licks, there does not seen
> to be
> any end play and I can rotate the pitman arm easily and can do the
> same from
> the lug that attaches to the steeting wheel.
> My questiona are:
> 1. There is a little slot of about 1" x 1/4" on the column about 2
> from the box assemby, originaly it was covered by a duck-duck-duct
> What is this slot for?
> 2. The horn wire is stripped and I would like to replace it, but
> to the truck shop manual it is part of the upper bearing by the
> wheel. How do you remove the bearing if you don't have the tool that
> shop manual recommends to use.
> 3. Seems to me that the box does not require rebuild, how can I really
> I just cleaned the steering box so good that it looks almost new.
> Should I
> just painted and installed without rebuilding it.
> '53 3100
> Cameron Park, CA
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