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There were times that I thought this day would never come. It is legal, plates, inspection, insurance, legal.
You can catch a glimpse of the Ford emblem on the seat through the windshield.
Rode pretty well, tracked straight and true, makes you feel 20 years younger. Got it up to about 70 and developed a noticeable vibration that we will need to investigate. Carpet and some work on the steering column are left but nothing that would keep you from driving it around town. Need to get some miles on it right now so keep a look out this baby is on the road.
a new project for the old truck, the turn signal does not turn off when the wheels are straightened and there is so much slop in the gear shift lever (due to pin wear) that is knocks the cover off of the transmission indicator everytime you put into park, so pulled the steering wheel and associated pieces.
when I pulled the steering wheel there was a small white cover over the upper bearing, pic below. Appears there should be 2 studs (spring loaded) in this but you can see from the wear that one is missing and all the metal was behind the steering wheel. What is this piece and what does it do, is it required prior to reinstalling the steering wheel or was it something for cruise control, or is this what actually turned the blinkers off when back to center. (I do not have cruise)
Actually as it turns out this little piece is what shuts off the turn signal when you straighten the truck up. Replaced and works fine. Was able to find a OEM steering wheel on EBAY for a decent price and replaced it along with a new collar for the shifter since the pin was wollared out. Will post pics of the completed steering column in the next few days. Had to watch a 74 bronco II get put back together to understand what the T-bolts were for which held things up a couple of days. Thanks for the suggestion.
the contact pins for the horn are fairly obvious when you disassemble as they are fairly large brass (copper?) pins that meet the underside of the steering wheel and ride in 2 separate groves as the wheel turns. DO not have pics but have seen in other posts.
While replacing the turn signal switch also replaced the steering wheel with used OEM and replaced the pin in the transmission shift lever. Straightened the wheel while it was off, although it does not appear that way in the pic.
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