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Steering went out on my '62 Ranchero. I thought it was the gear box and proceeded to attempt to remove the box. After much wrenching (and swearing and crying) and googling, I learned that the gear box and steering column are all one piece. Okay, so now I've got the steering wheel off, the wiring disconnected, the clutch linkage disconnected and I have no idea where to go from here. I'm thinking it's actually the input shaft or rack box that needs to be replaced (before steering went out, there was a loud clicking noise that would come from what sounded like the upper steering column area every time I turned).

I thought once I got the wheel off and the floor panel piece removed, I'd be able able to pull the entire column, gearbox included, through the floor and lay the whole thing out. Not the case. The gearbox does not fit through the hole in the floor panel and the column itself will not detach from the gear box.

Help!!!
 

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Unplug the turn switch wires---a 6 pin and a 4-pin
Remove steering wheel
loosen or remove column support under the dash --"U" shaped clamp
remove the firewall cover---been about a year, but I think it is 2 pieces.

keep a couple of bolts in the frame to gear box to hold the gearbox in place

might have to give the whole column a twist to break it free
a little penetrating oil dow to the bottom of the shaft should help
might have to spray some down the shaft from the top to let the upper bearing release

Pull the complete column tube up and off the shaft

(so far this applies to 4spd columns)

3-spd and auto may require some other little things----like disconnecting the linkage under the hood.

the gearbox and shaft assy will probably need to pull out the bottom in front of the wheels.
 
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