I managed to disassemble the steering column on my 1926 coupe, and I am looking at having the nickel plating redone.
It appears that the control rods may have been removed before, because the brass fingers have slight cracks. I am a little worried about heating these and bending them, risking breaking them off. I was considering annealing them and then soldering the cracks before attempting to bend them open.
Also- were the entire control rods nickel-plated, or just a few inches? What was the finish on the rods exposed in the engine bay?
It is a good idea to heat those fingers as they are prone to breaking off. I use a thin chisel and "peal " them open,very carefully.The rods were plated only at the top6-8 inches. Once you get them out,it is a good time to build up where they wear.I weld a cam on mine and dress it off,so they work on quadrant better. Platters will sometimes want to plate the whole rod,but if you wrap electrical tape where you don't want plating it will leave the ron bare steel.I believe this was original ,although most folks just paint it black.HTH.