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Old 04-27-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default light rod stuck in shaft

so i picked up a steering shaft and worm gear this past weekend and rebuilt my steering box on my 7 tooth and installed it then i was told there might be a chance that the old light rod may be stuck in it well i came home from work today and looked it shere is how on earth am i going to get this out without removeing my collum again
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Pick an old drill bit that will just fit in the bore,braze a rod to it and start twisting.At some point it will bite in,and the remains of the shaft will start to twist.I never gave it a thought until you started asking about light switch rods.I thought I had stripped it out,but it has been sitting there for ten years so I really couldn't remember.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:53 AM   #3
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I bought a reproduction light rod that was about .005" too large for the shaft center hole. Had to do a lot of sanding to make it fit. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this little anoyance.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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A fellow in our club has the same problem of to large a repro rod, plus, someone peened over the steering shaft trying to get the wheel off. He has a lot of filing to do. Make sure you include the little brass collar at the top of the horn rod.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
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Default Re: light rod stuck in shaft

im thinking about trying to get a rod thats the same size and pownd it out though the bottom.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #6
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Not sure what the actual size of a steel dowel is, I think the shaft hole dia. is
.370", but a dowel might be about the same size. If you make sure there are no burrs and use a good penetrating oil you might be able to push it through with a little hammering. Good luck on that one.

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Old 09-24-2020, 05:09 PM   #7
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Had to sand mine down, took a while.
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:25 AM   #8
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I think the size of the repro rods has been addressed. I just got one from Snyders and measured it against the old original and they were within .001 of each other. Original was .373, new was .374. Slipped right into the steering shaft along with the small bushing.


The only thing the new rod needed work on was deepening the groove for the spider keeper, other than that the fit and finish seems pretty nice.
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Old 09-25-2020, 10:53 AM   #9
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Rust in the bore would complicate removal.
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Old 09-26-2020, 05:34 PM   #10
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Being that the horn rod is hollow, you might have good a chance of crushing/mushrooming it out, getting really stuck and not moving it at all just using a steel rod and hammer to drive it out. Or it will just pop out the end. You can try.
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I had to drill one out but it worked . I did similar to what Keith True did in post number two .
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