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'Just did it on Max' new tii! (archive)

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Posted by Paul (at Maximill...) more... on June 29, 2001 at 09:23:40:

In Reply to: Replacing Steering Box posted by John Weese on June 29, 2001 at 08:50:08:

After being without a 2002 for 11 years - Max finally got the Mac Daddy of tii's. A 74 with shiny original paint, perfect interior - and stored for 20+ years. It's my job to restore the suspension - so I'll be under it a few more days doing the rear end....and yes - he got it for a S O N G! I'm disgusted!

Here's the basics though, John:

remove 4 13mm lock nuts from rubber coupling (you DO have a new one ready - right?) and then get inside the car.

From the driver's seat - remove all the under dash panels near the collumn. Loosen the collar clamp near the firewall (looks like a bicycle seat post clamp) , remove the vertical bolts holding the collumn to the dashboard and allow it to drop down an inch or two.

Grab the wheel - and pull toward you about 2-3" This will remove the collumn from the rubber disk in the motor compartment.Leave it there - so it'll be easy to reinstall.

Box is held to subframe with 3 bolts - use loctite for reinstall.

remove center link from pitman arm - pull box out and downward.

For reinstall - get one of your youngins' to push the steering collumn forward while you align the rubber disk from topside. BTW: tii airbox must be removed to do this job.

Note: inside the rubber disk - there's a little wire spring thingy - this grounds the collumn to the box / chassis. Make sure you reinstall it.

Note II: The 13mm nuts on the collumn are a bear to reah - but the rest is a snap.You will cuss at at least 2 of them!!! ;-)

Note III: If you have a pitman arm on the used box - good. If you have to pull the one off the old box for the swap - take it to a machine shop - as they can break the average shadetree mechanic's common pullers!! Use a puller to remove splined shackle from old box -10mm locking bolt must be completely removed from shackle for the thing to come off - not just loose!


Maximillian Importing Co.

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