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    Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Hi All,

    I have a non-adjustable steering column in my Healey (BN6) and there are no set-screws on the steering wheel hub (original steering wheel). To begin the removal of my steering wheel do I just pry off the horn button to reveal the single nut that holds the steering wheel on or is there some other method needed to gain access?


    This will begin the process of removing my steering box to be sent out for a cleaning and rebuild.


    After reviewing the many posts on this Forum, Iím a little confused how things differ with the non-adjustable one vs. the more common adjustable one. Iíve seen lots of pictures of the trafficator for the adjustable steering column that show a short (10 to 12 inch) long tube(stator tube?) that the wiring goes through. Then I see references to a much longer tube for the non-adjustable trafficator but Iíve found no pictures of it nor mention of the removal process.


    So, when I remove the trafficator on my non-adjustable steering Healey what should I expect to find? A long (stator?) tube or a short one? Does the non-adjustable steering column have a stator tube that travels all the way to the steering box?

    Any advice, guidance and pictures would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Chet


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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Send a photo of your wheel, especially the part that goes toward the dash, since that will show whether it is telescoping or not. Adjustable wheel will have a collar and a spiral band.
    Bob

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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Hi Bob,

    I am sure I have a non-adjustable column. There is no collar and spiral band.

    Chet

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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Chet,
    On the non-adjustable wheel, the long, one piece stator tube is attached at the back of the horn button/directional switch.
    Disconnect the wires at the lower part of the steering box. They will remain in the stator as it is removed.
    Be ready to catch any oil from the steering box when you next remove the lower nut and olive at the bottom. I usually tape the wires together, with a long stiff wire that I leave in the steering column to aid in reassembly. Draw the horn push/stator assembly up and out, leaving the guide wire in the steering column ( long enough to grab at the lower end when you put everything back ).
    You should now see the steering wheel nut and the self-cancelling parts.
    Good luck.
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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    The size and shape of the horn button is a good identifier. Non-adjustable #43 is larger than adjustable #37.
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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Looks like I just pry the horn button out of the trafficator to gain access to the nut holding the steering wheel on...is that correct?

    Thanks everyone!
    Chet

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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    No, prying the horn button out only gets you to the horn contacts. You have to undo the olive at the far end of the steering gear and pull the stator tube withe the trafficator and horn circuit out through the steering wheel. Then you can get to the nut holing the wheel.
    John, BN4

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    Re: Non-Adjustable steering column questions

    Got it! Thanks everyone!

    Chet

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