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So I’ve removed my 1971 tilt column to replace my worn rag joint and I can’t re-install the column for the life of me.  I ended up installing the joint on the steering gear and I believe I’ve inserted the end of the column shaft into the rag joint but I can’t get it in the last inch or so.  I’m hesitant to use a mallet on the steering column as I’m not sure if I’ll damage anything.

looking for some advice on how to proceed.

Mark

71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export

72 Convertible f code - first car

Numerous other Fords

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If I recall, there is a bolt that you loosen and the center shaft of the column is adjustable. You may have pushed the shaft in a little when you took it out, and it needs to be extended again.

Steve

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My problem seems to be that I can’t completely seat the steering column as I can’t bolt the support brace to the bulkhead.

Mark

71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export

72 Convertible f code - first car

Numerous other Fords

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You have to remove the clamp bolt, it extends into the spline area of the hole and will prevent the steering shaft from going in.

 

 

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I thought that might be it and I removed the bolt completely.  No difference.  For those that have installed a steering column does it usually just slide right in or is some force required?

Mark

71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export

72 Convertible f code - first car

Numerous other Fords

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The coupling is different but the rag joint is the same. I have 5 tilt columns. The column is collapsible so if you push the steering column will go up inside the housing. You have to pull it back out to get it on the steering box or join the joint. The shaft will pull out of the column couple inches and stay connected. You need two people probably. I should have done pics since I did three in past 5 years. I get the rag joint on the Help rack at the parts stores. NAPA sells the bolt and pin kits to install.

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David

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  • 2 months later...

It’s been awhile since I did mine. I did it by myself and it was a pain. As I recall the end of the steering column is semi circled with a flat side that needs to align with the rag joint.  The pinch bolt should be loose. 

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