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ekbeanctr
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From: Middlebury, IN USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 02-03-2001 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, I am looking at my steering column and the wiring going through it. Both ends of the wire are to large to go through the holes in the steering tube. Can it be right that I have to cut the wiring harness (8 wires) to get my steering column and box out of the car?? "mad"

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CandyApple 65 Fastback

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PS65Coupe
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From: Renton, WA, USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 02-03-2001 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PS65Coupe   Click Here to Email PS65Coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No. When my 65 was my buddy's 65 still, he changed out the steering box in my garage and I watched a little of the operation. He unbolted the outer column hanger part, unbolted the box from the frame, jacked up the engine a couple inches on the left side, and slid the box/inside-skinny-column out the bottom. He unbolted the outer column apparently to get free play while rasslin' around with snaking the thing out. It was a hassle, but quite doable. He didn't take any wires out of anywhere, as best as I recall.
Pat S.

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Mike65
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From: Columbia,NJ, USA. 65 Fastback, 69 Coupe MCA #-04549
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 02-03-2001 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ekbeanctr,
If I remember correctly, there is a tool to take the electrical connectors apart. I think snap on or one of the tool makers make one. It slips over the pin connector to push the locking tab in so you could pull the wires out of the plastic connector, Just note the position of the wires, so they go back together in the correct positions. Or if you are going to replace the turn signal switch at that time just cut the connector off. I hope this helps. Good luck!!.

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Mike & Robin MCA#-04549
65 Fastback
99 Explorer Sport
96 Ranger
87 Crown Vic

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franklin
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From: VA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 02-03-2001 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for franklin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't have to mess with any wires when I
pulled my steering box. It slides out of the tube.

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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 02-03-2001 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EkBean,
Don't cut the wires unless you are changing your turn signal switch. Just to the left of your column is two connector blocks, a six pin and a two pin, these are the wires coming out of your steering column, just unplug them. Assuming you have your steering wheel off, remove the steering shaft nut. Under the column is a strap that holds the column to the dash, take it off and pull the column straight out.

Mike

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ekbeanctr
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From: Middlebury, IN USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 02-04-2001 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to everyone, I will now go out in the pole barn and slide the inner shaft out instead of cutting the wires. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I will be back when I'm done.

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CandyApple 65 Fastback

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ekbeanctr
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From: Middlebury, IN USA
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posted 02-05-2001 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Guys, I now have the steering box out of the car so I can clean the engine compartment behind it. Is there anything special I should do to the box while I have it out, other than cleaning and repainting??

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CandyApple 65 Fastback

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