The hose clamp is a great idea - I'll try it out. Thanks.
Charlie Farwell 1962 TR4 #CT3852L
On Jun 24, 6:25pm, R John Lye wrote:
> On Jun 24, 6:08pm, Charles Y. Farwell wrote:
> > So I thought the simple fix for sloppy TR4 steering was replace the
> > rubber bushings - 8 bolts, piece of cake, right? I forgot the LBC
> > addage, however, that nothing ever fits quite right!!!
> I assume we're talking about the rotoflex-type couplings that are in the
> steering column?
> > The four holes on the bushings (from TRF) are about 1/8" wider than
> > they should be. No big deal for the first three, actually, but by
> > the time you are ready to put in the 4th, the bushing has been
> > compressed such that the skew is probably 1/4" or greater!
> Yup, that's the way they are.
> > On the top bushing I corrected the skew (with some difficulty) using
> > a C clamp. On the bottom one, though, there is no way to affix the
> > clamp. What's the trick? Am I going about this all wrong? Any hints
> > would be welcomed.
> There are two things that you can do. When I was still using the
> rubber pieces in my steering column, I used a hefty hose clamp to
> compress the piece to get the bolts installed. However, I'm now
> using the metal U-joints from a TR-6 steering column instead.
> John Lye
>-- End of excerpt from R John Lye