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Re: Working under the dash



Well, I'm into the final stage of this project and I want to share a few things I've learned. First has to do with new fasteners. The ones I bought weren't quite the same. The original was a stud with a sleeve. The sleeve was drilled and tapped blind. (It had a bottom). The new fastener was a stud and a through bored and threaded sleeve. Thus my choice of threadlocking the stud into the sleeve to insure I got a lot of thread into the head.


The other item was removing the steering column to get this stud out. I learned you can't get the plunge joint to slide off the steering box shaft without taking the bolt on the clamp ring all the way out! The bolt rides in a groove between to rows of splines and it must be removed!

Lyle


On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 9:37:27 AM UTC-5, carv...@xxxxxxx wrote:
I had to laugh at Doug's post in the brake parts thread about working under the dash requires taking the seat out.
Like some of us, I'm overweight, 67 yrs. old, with a slightly torn right rotator cuff, and I take so much BP medicine I get dizzy really easy when I lay down or get up too quick.

Last fall, I had a new exhaust system put on my '63 Sport Fury 383. The guy was local and did a beautiful job. All custom mandrel bent 2 1/2" pipe with all welded construction.

Later, when I was getting the car ready for hibernation, I noticed smoke wafting up from the drivers side exhaust manifold at the very back. I guess my exhaust guy either got that area hot or jarred something loose.

Knowing that could be a PITA if I broke the stud off, I soaked it with penetrating oil and carefully tried to loosen it. I got lucky and it backed right out! I wasn't prepared for all the antifreeze I lost and what a mess!

Now, for the rest of the story...... The sleeve and stud assy wont come out, it hits the steering shaft! So now I've ordered a fastener set form Mega parts
and started taking the steering column loose. there for a while, I didn't think I would survive the project, and I've now taken out the drivers seat like Doug said.

When I replace this stud assy, I intend to "Lock Tight" the stud into the sleeve and then use "Permatex" thread sealer on the end of the stud that goes into the water jacket...... any thoughts?

Lyle  

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