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man i have been having the hardest time pulling a steering wheel collar off a '68 vette, i ever had in my life! someone before me had messed up the threads in the collar that are to be used with a standard puller. i tried going on the o.d. of the collar with a different type of nowhere....went in and took the damaged threads up a size and retapped....still would not come off...switched to a harmonic balancer puller to get more horsepower on it and all that did was take out the new threads. finally i got busy in the tool room at work and rigged up this little deal to pick up on the threaded holes for the steering wheel. still had to use a 1/2" breaker bar and i mean lean into big time but let go and came off the shaft. now i got some more thread damage to repair on the steering column post but i think i can fix them up. pic of the "government job" tooling attached for those who may run into the same thing on a vette. darn picture was to large of a file to upload. sorry i will try and edit one in later. here it is. [BTW that one screw is not started crooked, LOL, i just stuck it in for the photo to show where the screws picked up on the steering wheel bolt circle]
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At the resto shop we would just get our knees under the wheel, get a good yank on the top, and with an air hammer blunt point give the top of the shaft a short tap of the trigger. Oh yeah, loosen the nut but don't take it off, it helps to center the air hammer tip, and keeps the steering wheel out of your face.

Figuring out things with what you have at hand is fun though. :thumbsup:

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