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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2016, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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66 Impala Steering Column Lower Bearing Adjustment

I am installing an automatic on the floor steering column inmy 66 Impala. I rebuilt the steeringcolumn replacing upper and lower bearings. Per the GM assembly manual, I have the column bolted to the rag jointand then to the instrument panel.

There is a spring and stop below the bottom bearing. How much should the spring becompressed? The manual indicates toprovide 1/8" minimum clearance. This is to provide clearance between mast jacket and stop bolt/nut. However, there is no recommendation on howfar to compress the spring. Also, thebearing can be adjusted with the angled slot and circular clamp and boltsinward and outward, compressing or uncompressing the spring. I have not found any recommendation on whereto position this clamp.

I appreciate any guidance on how the bearing and spring should be positioned.

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Brian
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2016, 09:45 AM
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The assembly manual shows a two inch distance from the end to the collar if I am reading it correctly.

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Dave,
The spring is actually less than 2" when uncompressed. I will send a picture of the spring on the steering column and the bearing adjusting plate.

Thanks for the quick response.

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Steering Column Lower Bearing Adjustment

Dave,
This is what my assembly manual for a 66 impala shows. It shows a 1/8" min. distance, but not a max distance or a recommended distance for compressing the spring. The spring is currently not loose, but not compressed between the bearing and rag joint.

When I rotate the circular bracket attached to the bearing around the outside of the steering column, it also compresses the spring. I am thinking I should compress the spring 1/16" and tighten the bolt and than compress it a another 1/16" to an 1/8" with the bearing adjustment bracket.


Thanks for your help. Brian


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66 Impala Steering Column Lower Bearing

You must not be able to paste pictures directly to the message and I can't get the file size down to attach. I tried several formats and they all exceed the limits.


The page I am referring to comes out of the 66 Full Size Chevrolet Assembly Manual and is in section UPC 9 and Sheet A3.


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This is a 65, but its a powerglide column.
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