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Houston, we have another problem!

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by deeksy62, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    After sorting out the vacuum plug being lodged in the throat of the right hand carbi, I now have a steering problem.

    The cast housing that bolts, is screwed onto the dash that holds the steering column broke this morning!!!
    Is this a seperate part?
    Can it be replaced without having to replace the whole steering column?

    Is it availabe new?

    Does anone have a second had one they are prepared to sell to me?
    I will pay postage etc.

    Thanks

    Steve

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    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Shouldn't have fixed the carb. :)

    Throw up a full pic and year including key area as they vary.
    Should be plenty of s.h.
    N.A new as far as I'm aware.
    Think it's attached to outer column.
     
  3. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you are right, If I hadn't of fixed the carbi issue, I wouldn't have had the steering problem today!!

    Here is an image from the drivers side showing the key section. As you can see, it has been modified at some point in the past 45 years.
    I am not wedded to keeping it totally original, but I am set on the idea of keeping it 100% drivable!!
    so if anyone has one they could part with, send me a PM and we can work out a suitable compensation strategy. $$, BEER, WINE etc.

    Thanks

    Steve

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  4. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    You will need a 73 or 74 housing only.
     
  5. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Kai, with my luck they will right up there with Rocking Horse Poo!
     
  6. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    I have a spare 70 but thats no good to you it doesnt have the hole for the wiper switch wires.
     
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  7. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    So........ If anyone has a '73 or '74 housing for the steering column/ignition, and is willing to sell, please let me know.

    Thanks

    Steve
     
  8. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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  9. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Can you plate it using JB weld?

    I can’t quite see the fail in the top pic
     
  11. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Barry,

    I haven't used JB Weld before.
    The break is where the bolt goes to secure the housing and therfore the steering column to the dash, as per the image below.
    There are some significant forces on this piece, (obviously - It broke!)

    Don't know if JB Weld would hold it?

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  12. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Guessing it is useless now anyway?

    As it is on the inside and hidden you could put a tubes worth over the area and try and build it up?
     
  13. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    Will have a crack at it, nothing to lose!
    I have thought of a way to brace what is left, this will allow me to drive carefully until a permenant fix is developed.

    Steve
     
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  14. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Bugger :( ...... forces could be previous owners using the steering wheel as a leverage point to get in, then when it was lose didn't bother to tighten :rolleyes:
     
  15. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Hi Steve:
    I have a 73 -74 housing with a dent in the middle I'll take a photo on Sunday and send to you,if you sure would like.
    regards Wayne
     
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  16. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    Looks like someone has butchered it to replace the ignition switch in the past because it is a mongrel job to remove them. You don't want to just glue this up because believe it or not it it is designed so the steering column collapsess in a certain way in the event of a bad crash. There are some of these on the Samba classifieds, not sure if correct year but you will find a used one if you look around.
     
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  17. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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  18. wombatventures

    wombatventures Well-Known Member

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    Our local small engine mechanic has trick for repairing pieces like this. Drill small holes in solid parts near the break. Tie carefully with copper wire to hold the broken casting securely in place then coat with enough JB weld to hold the area secure. He often then die grinds the piece back smooth leaving it thick enough to hold but so that it looks neat. He's done this for me a few broken mower parts and other castings and even the vibration of a mower seems not to have caused an issue.
     
  19. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    Bodging parts up might be ok for your mower but I wouldn't bodge up a part that holds the steering column on a car
     
  20. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    You may be right, the previous owner was a bit of a rough diamond
     

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