I am trying to rebuild and repaint my steering column but I don't know how to remove the rods from the brass gear case.
Does the lower part of the gear case separate from the top?
It doesn't look like it comes apart but ford got the rods in there some how
To get the rods out you have to remove the gear case from the column. That means grind the heads off the two rivets and drive them out. And yes, the cover unscrews from the gear case. That's how you put grease in there. You have to remove the little set screw to turn the cover.
Mark, it is a beast of a job, one which I will only undertake if I am restoring a steering column back to original with new nickel plating on the rods and gearcase. Unless that is where you want to go, it will be far less work to leave it assembled.
To get the rods out, you must first remove the control arms for the throttle and advance levers. They are pinned to the rods and you may have to drill the pins out.
Then, as Steve said, the two brass rivets through the column and the gearcase have to be removed. Replacing these is a job in itself. Once the gearcase and rod assembly is removed, to separate the rods from the case requires bending tabs on the gearcase, and these often break off. Then you can finish them as you please.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Mark, what year is your car? If you have the earlier two piece gearcase that was used from 1909 to 1914 you will either have to carefully cut the sides of the lower case and spread it open to get the rods out or remove the rivets that hold the case together, separate the two halves, and slip the rods out. Then when you reassemble everything you'll have to rivet the two pieces back together. Either way it would be best to leave everything together unless it is absolutely necessary to take the rods out. The later one piece case is already split and the fingers that hold the rods just need to be spread enough slip the rods out.
When you grind off the rivet heads, do it from the bottom so you don't mess up the top. I had to re-contour the new rivet heads to match the old.
One of the control rods broke through the pin hole so it's shorter. It was Redrilled
Higher on the rod, I'm not sure if it was used that way. Both rods need to be replaced
Thank you for the responses
Mark, The job is a bit tedious, but very rewarding. The most difficult part will be removing the pitman arm so you can pull the steering shaft upward enough to get the steering gear out of the column once the rivets, pins and springs and control arms are removed. ( those are new brass rods, not nickel as they appear in the photo)
I have the steering column apart except for the control rods from the brass case. The brass is split on the sides but I can't imagine that if you split them apart that they won't break off.
I think the gear case is brass plated but the bottom is cast brass. The bottom of the gear case is not in very good shape, it is pretty worn, I may look for a better unit, but I will probably still have the same problem
I will try prying the sides apart, if they break off I can TIG welding the brass back on or build it up enough to hold the rods in.
Thank you for all of the help
Anneal the brass where the splits are and pry apart carefully.
Exactly what Steve Tomaso said...I'll only add that you keep annealing after every small bend while making the slot big enough for the rod to pop out. The brass will work harden very fast and I've found that just once is rarely enough
The rods are held in place by the steering column, so I'd say annealing to be able to bend open and close the brass tabs isn't really needed, just cut open as little as needed to get them out, then put them back - as soon as they're inside the column again - especially when the springs that hold them down in tension are back, they won't get out of position.
What Roger said.I've done two like that and they worked just fine JMHO Dave
I got them out, a lot easier than i thought it would be
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