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Old 10-03-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Problem Removing Steering Wheel

I need to remove the steering wheel on my '34 to replace the bushing in the steering column with an upgrade bearing.


Before I can remove the wheel I need to remove the lights and horn button assembly and in order to remove that I need to remove the tab at the bottom of the control rod. See photo.


My problem is that I have not been able to remove the tab. I have tried prying on it but without much success and I'm afraid I will damage the cup that surrounds the tab.



I will appreciate any suggestions and comments. Thank you.


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Old 10-03-2020, 12:19 PM   #2
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Are you referring to the fork on the bottom of the rod after you have removed the light switch?
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Old 10-03-2020, 01:10 PM   #3
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Assuming you are referring to the C-shaped clip that retains the two-prong switch actuator, you might consider sacrificing a cheap screwdriver wide enough to capture the ends of the C and grind or file the center of the screwdriver blade to create a very limited use tool for this purpose.
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Old 10-03-2020, 01:16 PM   #4
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Near the bottom of the horn rod there is a recess in the recess is a C-clip. The C-clip holds the light switch spider and spring in place. The C-clip has to be removed usually by compressing the spring a little. All the parts have modern replacements, except the rod itself. At the very end of the rod is a plastic insulating insert be careful not to damage the plastic. Once the C-clip is removed the spider and spring will slide off the horn rod.
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:14 PM   #5
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Be VERY careful to NOT BEND the light rod AT ALL as if has a bend turning the steering wheel will turn the lights on and of !!! kerk
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:21 PM   #6
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Near the bottom of the horn rod there is a recess in the recess is a C-clip. The C-clip holds the light switch spider and spring in place. The C-clip has to be removed usually by compressing the spring a little. All the parts have modern replacements, except the rod itself. At the very end of the rod is a plastic insulating insert be careful not to damage the plastic. Once the C-clip is removed the spider and spring will slide off the horn rod.
OK, that makes sence. Thank you.


Do I need someone at the steering wheel to keep the light control tight against the steering wheel while I push the light switch spider back to expose the C-clip? Will I then be able to remove the C-clip with needle nose pliers?
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:09 PM   #7
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I use a heavy yardstick under the steering wheel and over the horn button to keep the rod pushed down. Maybe this will help you.

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Old 10-03-2020, 05:45 PM   #8
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Might want to be sure the battery is disconnected during all of this!
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Old 10-04-2020, 08:23 AM   #9
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Also be careful as that seem to fly around either during removal or installation like the small carb clips ("jesus" clips).
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Old 10-04-2020, 10:25 AM   #10
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This picture may help.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:25 AM   #11
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I Just push up on the pronged tip in the pic above post by BobC and the horse shoe clips comes out pretty easy .
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:48 AM   #12
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Yes, "the horse shoe clips comes out pretty easy", getting it back in is the fun part ...
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:28 PM   #13
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Kens 36's suggestion to use a yard stick across the horn button and underneath the perimeter of the steering wheel is a big help for either removal or installation of the C clip, as is Bob C's helpful illustration of the component parts including the spring that has to be compressed to remove the pressure holding the clip in place.
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Old 10-11-2020, 02:43 PM   #14
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Thanks to everyone who shared their experience and knowledge. With your guidance and another pair of hands from my son I finally got the light control shaft removed.


Now my problem is removing the steering wheel itself. I have a decent selection of pullers but I'm concerned that standard pullers will damage the back side of my original '34 steering wheel.


So, here i am again asking for help for ways to pull the steering wheel off of the steering shaft.
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Old 10-11-2020, 03:12 PM   #15
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You can drill and tap the steering wheel hub, I suggest 5/16"-24, and then use one of these pullers. They're available at any auto parts store and reasonable.
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I like the idea to use a bearing separator under the steering wheel if you don't have the K.R. Wilson puller.
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