Steering box - Steering shaft - Rag Joint Engagement

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by 73 Stage-1, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. 73 Stage-1

    73 Stage-1 Dave

    Does this look right? Box is bolted in, but don't think I have enough depth into the rag joint... thoughts?

    73 GS Steering Box - 5.jpg
  2. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    That looks like the joint needs to go down more to me, the bolt should pass through that blank space between the 2 splines sections......this is what keeps the from sliding up
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  3. 73 Stage-1

    73 Stage-1 Dave

    Gotcha - and makes sense! Thank you. Back at it tomorrow...
  4. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    You may have to loosen the clamps in the dash side of the firewall and the engine side of the firewall to get the steering mast and cover (column assembly) to get it to move towards the gearbox to get the proper alignment for the bolt to pass through.

    Best if you can get all components slightly loose, and then "settled" before tightening everything back up.
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  5. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    You can spread the job some to help it slide on farther.....use a flat blade in the gap, grease the shaft spline and it should drop down faily easily
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  6. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    The flats are NOT lined up properly
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  7. ragtops

    ragtops Gold Level Contributor

    Maybe you already know, but, the bolt must be removed completely before the spline can engage deep enough to reinsert the bolt into/through the groove. It will not engage with the bolt in there.
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  8. 73 Stage-1

    73 Stage-1 Dave

    Bingo! Thanks all, very helpful. Loosened it all back up, pulled two of the three mounting bolts so it could pivot, pulled the rag joint bolt out instead of just super loose, made sure the splines were aligned and it slid home like butter. Didn't even scratch the new paint :)


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