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Old 12-26-2013, 05:05 PM
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Default Need help removing a dowel pin on steering shaft.

Ok, first of all, this is not a Cobra. This is a 1960 Bel Air that I am switching to rack and pinion steering. This requires pulling a lot of the steering components off so that I can put a new modern joint in.

Directions say to just hit it with a punch and hammer which sounds easy enough, but it's not budging. Tried penetrating oil, and heat on the shaft, but still not moving. So, all you experts probably have some magic for me, right?

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Old 12-26-2013, 05:09 PM
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is it a tapered pin? measure to be sure...if so it will only go out one way
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No. Straight pin.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:22 PM
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if the shaft is a little bouncey when you strike it with the hammer you'll never have enough force to drive out the pin that way....
you may be able to rig a plate with a couple holes in it on one side and use a balancer puller to push it thru.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:27 PM
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Just use a pin removal tool, like this:

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Yeah, it's a bit bouncy, and figure you are exactly correct. Your idea is one that sounds like a potential solution...I'll give it a try! Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:40 PM
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Patrick, thanks. Thinking about that, what I may try first is using a c-clamp and welding a tube on the fixed side so the pin has a place to go...similar to what you posted and FWB suggested.
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yes even better if you have a welder available.

use a BACC...


big ass C-clamp
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bfh doesn't do it, press might. check down at the local auto parts and see if they have something to borrow.
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Use heavy C-clamp with a socket (3/8 drive) put drive end over the pin and apply the horsepower

Oops........Thanks FWB
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over the spin? a Freudian slip?
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Looks like you could undo the clamp/nut.bolt and stick it in a vice.........would that pin not be welded...?
Isn't the end of the shaft splined......?
Looks to me you're trying to remove the wrong thing......Undo that nut in the pic and smack the bolt down and out......the dowel is the bolt not that big pin.......you're trying to get to the splined shaft end
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The bolt you see above the pin is not holding a splined end on or anything...It's a little clamp that holds a little spring (presumably to dampen or eliminate play in the column - any back and forth play if you were to pull on the steering wheel). The dowel is what needs to be removed, and I did break it lose with a C-Clamp and a couple of sockets....Will finish her up today. A new joint goes on there and a dowel holds it on just like original, though a much better design.

Thanks for all of the good advice.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:56 AM
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Thanks for the help guys...I finally got it by taking a pulley puller and welding a thick washer at the end of the arms to keep them from separating and having the right size hole for the pin. Drove it out nicely.
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