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Old 03-13-2018, 10:16 AM
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1972 F100 4x2 manual steering shaft removal

Whats involved with removing the steering shaft from the steering column on my truck? One side of the rag joint is permanently fused to the splined end of the shaft and I need to remove it to put a u joint on for my crown vic front end swap. I'm thinking it may be easier at this point to replace the shaft with a new one but need to get the old one out first. Any tips or tricks from the knowledge base?
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:16 PM
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What's involved with removing the 3524 steering shaft from the steering column on my truck?
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Do you have the engine out, or is it in?
 
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Do you have the engine out, or is it in?
Engine is out, as is pretty much everything else in the front end so its wide open. Steering box is off, too.
 
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Wow, then you have it made. From the engine compart, take the rag joint off of the column. Then go inside of the cab. Unplug the Neutral Safety Switch (NSS) remove the NSS from the column The turn signal wire connector is there also- unplug it too). If you are upgrading to a newer column, you may have to replace the rubber boot on the firewall. If so, now is the time to remove the 4 sheet metal screws holding the boot onto the firewall. IF not, remove the two bolts that mount the column (from the underneath side) to the dash. Now it should be free.
 
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Wow, then you have it made. From the engine compart, take the rag joint off of the column. Then go inside of the cab. Unplug the Neutral Safety Switch (NSS) remove the NSS from the column The turn signal wire connector is there also- unplug it too). If you are upgrading to a newer column, you may have to replace the rubber boot on the firewall. If so, now is the time to remove the 4 sheet metal screws holding the boot onto the firewall. IF not, remove the two bolts that mount the column (from the underneath side) to the dash. Now it should be free.
Thanks!! I'm not planning on upgrading the column, just want to clean the shaft up and replace the rag joint with u joint from Borgeson.
 
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