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Old June 28th, 2014, 09:21 PM
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Evil fiber bushing ... any thoughts?

Older series vehicles use a wacky fiber bushing at the top of the steering column. A nice sliding fit on the steering shaft until you press it in and it becomes .005 larger than the O/D of the steering shaft. I've let it "seat in" hoping the fiber would compress. I have also used silicone lube. It's gotten better, but still WAY too tight for use. I know later models have used a ball bearing type upper busing. That may be the way to go. Any thoughts?
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Old June 28th, 2014, 09:30 PM
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Wire type steering wheel or cast resin?
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Old June 28th, 2014, 09:38 PM
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Evil thingy ...

It's the older type with the banjo steering wheel. BTW, Neil did get back to me and said he will start his scavenger hunt. He's pretty sure he has the bracket.
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Maybe try soaking it in oil?
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Yea verily, the answer has been revealed!

Whereupon the time of the Summer Solstice had arrived and the attendants of the holy sepulcher of Rover knowledge, known as the Dunsfold Museum, revealed the truth unto me. Said they: Thou must taketh the sacred emery cloth ... not too coarse and not too fine ... and wrap it about the holy adjustment dowel. Moveth the dowel into and out of the bushing in the manner that the newlyweds consummate their union. Do so until there is a pleasing, sliding fit to the entire assembly. We rejoiced in their wisdom. Remember, follow not the false prophets of Rover knowledge, for there are many. If you do so, back ordered parts shall haunt you the rest of your days.
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