Join Date: May 2002
Location: West Frederick Highlands, Maryland, USA
1971 SS Steering Wheel Removal - Thread Size for Puller & Lock Spring
I am removing the original steering wheel in my 1971 SS because it is too sticky and I got a cheap aftermarket one. I already have a puller, I just need the correct size bolts to connect it to the hub of the steering wheel. I saw a YOUTube video that said to use fine thread 5/16" and I also read that in a thread on here. After already trying what I thought was a coarse thread (5/16"-18) bolt and finding it would not thread in, I ordered the fine thread ones in the right length from Home Depot. These barely thread in at all. I am wondering now if the standard 5/16"-18 coarse thread bolt is correct, and I just test fit something else by mistake. Can anyone shine some light on this for me? Also, there are only two of these 5/16" threaded holes, not 3 like the video told me to expect.
For the spring-lock mechanism; I have removed the center rod that clicks out like the top of a pen when a thin poking tool is used, removed the black plastic spring retainer (which looks similar in shape to a jet from a Holley Carb, and removed the spring. Do I still need to remove the plastic split-lock style cylinder/spacer/bushing by pulling it out, or have I already got it unlocked by removing the inner mechanism?
Thanks in advance for the any help!
1971 Chevelle SS
Modified Original Frame-Off Resto-Mod
#-Matching Drivetrain (Exc. Powerglide Swap) Fully Built
Complete Chassis Customization
~25K Original Miles (Just had first oil change since overhaul)
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