1971 SS Steering Wheel Removal - Thread Size for Puller & Lock Spring - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 19, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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Re: 1971 SS Steering Wheel Removal - Thread Size for Puller & Lock Spr

The bolts required to remove the stock steering wheels is a 5/16 - 18 TPN. You will need two bolts of sufficient length to accommodate the length of the puller you are using. Either of the ones pictured would be sufficient for the job.

As to part two of your inquiry, it sounds as though you are referring to the horn contact wire. If you have removed the contact, retainer if any and the spring that's all you would need to do in order to install a new steering wheel. However, the horn contact will have to be reinstalled before completing the job.
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Re: 1971 SS Steering Wheel Removal - Thread Size for Puller & Lock Spr

It will probably help to clean out the threads of the wheel before you try to pull it.
It seems like every wheel I have pulled had debris or rust that needed to be cleaned out before I could get the bolts into the wheel to pull it.

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