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Old 09-08-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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Question HELP! Steering Column Question

I am working to get my '71 C-10 road worthy again after nearly 5 years. I ordered a lower steering column bearing and retainer from LMC truck last week and it arrived today. The lower bearing that is currently in the column has slowly been reduced to nothing more than the inner bearing ring, so there is a ton of up-down, side to side slop in the steering wheel. I'm fairly new to the sight so this may have been covered before but I have search the threads and cant find any info on replacing the lower bearing. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: HELP! Steering Column Question

is it a three speed?
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: HELP! Steering Column Question

Yes, but the linkages have been removed and a floor shifter installed. It's also non tilt...if that makes any difference.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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Re: HELP! Steering Column Question

first thing I'd do is google the exploded view of your column - just in case.

I just tore one apart not too long ago and I think all you have to do is drop out the shaft and take apart what you need to get at the bearing.

However. on the '71 column there might me a spring that puts a small amount on tension on the bearings.

Again, find the manual/exploded view page - it'll your best friend.

If you are still having trouble - PM me - My new bearings just showed up too I'm swapping from a auto to manual shifter column.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:26 AM   #5
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Re: HELP! Steering Column Question

I just went through this two weekends ago as well.

I attached the exploded view of the column. i dont know if it is exactly like what you have.

you should be able to disconnect the steering shaft from the coupler by removing bolt labelled #21 in the diagram. you may need to remove your steering wheel too (mine was bare when i installed it).
there should be a band clamp looking thing at the bottom of your column. Loosen the #12 bolt that tightens the adjusting ring clamp and then remove the two small bolts #10 that bolts the adjusting clamp and bearing retainer to the column.

the adjusting ring #17 and bearing # 18 should come out.

When i did mine, the new bearing would not fit the new adjusting ring even though they came in the same box. i had to use the old ring.

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Old 09-09-2010, 07:28 AM   #6
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Lets try that again
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