Has anybody got any experience of changing the steering coupler(rag joint) on a 70's Ford. I recently got my 1977 Thunderbird on the road after a 20 year lay up, she's shown in the showroom in the thread SHE'E FINISHED, MOSTLY!!!.
She passed the MOT about 3 weeks ago but since then she has started to get play in the steering. Have investigated today and found that the joint between the steering column and the steering box has collapsed. I believe it is called the steering coupler or rag joint.
I have tried to remove the joint and have got the 2 nuts off and the pinch bolt out and have dropped the steering box to allow me to pull the joint apart. Not sure now how to get the remains of the rubber/nylon from round the 2 dowels as it is held in place by a retainer and I cant figure out how it comes off. I have tried brute force and ignorance but for once this hasn't done the trick. Looking now at removing the column from the car to do the repair on the bench unless anyone knows better. Also what sort of job is it getting the column out.