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02-08-2003 20:40:13

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I re-send this message just so I won't miss anyone who responded to my earlier emails on HOW TO REMOVE A RUSTY STEERING WHEEL. THANKS TO ALL WHO RESPONDED!! THE STEERING WHEEL IS OFF... Good ole BLASTER oil...a Puller with the leg brackets only bolted over the spokes....a wide mouth vise grip to hold the puller leg brackets close to the hub (otherwise they crawl too far, toward the rim, up the spokes. I snuged the puller down by hand and then gave two hard cranks on the screw....and the wheel just popped up! As I said in an earlier response...I almost kissed the steering wheel. Now back to work on my 1948 8N24342. All stripped down and cleaning for its first coat of red primer. THIS IS A GREAT FORUM...THANKS TO ALL AGAIN AND THANKS TO Y.T.

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2fordsmike...the no-puller way...thanks to Zane

02-09-2003 18:46:35

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 Re: THIS FORUM IS GREAT!! THE STEERING WHEEL IS OFF!!! in reply to Cal8N, 02-08-2003 20:40:13  
Several years ago Zane suggested this arm-strong method to remove a steering wheel. Loosen the steering wheel nut then tighten it back down maybe three full turns. Stand on the foot rests. Grip the wheel on opposite sides. Jerk one side and then the next. and keep doing it. Jerk Hard one side..then the other...faster than you can tell about it. You need that nut on there so you don't go flying over backwards when the wheel breaks loose. Worked for me on a 50-years-of-rust wheel. ( I may have used some liquid wrench or blaster, I don't remember) Mike

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02-09-2003 08:32:11

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 Re: THIS FORUM IS GREAT!! THE STEERING WHEEL IS OFF!!! in reply to Cal8N, 02-08-2003 20:40:13  
Cal, i'am glad you got wheel off, but when you replace wheel put some anti-seez on it . that way wheel comes off a lot easry BOB

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JD in SC, Similar experience

02-09-2003 05:26:22

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 Re: THIS FORUM IS GREAT!! THE STEERING WHEEL IS OFF!!! in reply to Cal8N, 02-08-2003 20:40:13  
I share in your joy. I tried for a couple of days to get mine off, then I rigged up a puller with 3 short lengths of chain around the wheel spokes. I put a bearing block on the shaft with a dimple to center my puller point. I soaked with PB and applied the puller pressure. It was straining so hard, I was afraid something bad would happen if I tightened anymore. I walked to the house to complain to my wife, who didn't really help much. I went back down to the tractor and then, just as I was wondering what I could do next, POW, it popped loose as I was standing there.
It's amazing how much satisfaction a man can get from a simple victory like this isn't it.
Good for you.
JD in SC

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