Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 39: Removing the Steering Column and Some More Cutting/ Prep

I've been slipping lately. One of the things I have to do on this blog is update you guys with all the parts I've been buying and all the things that are coming in.

A couple days ago the new front suspension/ steering/ brakes/ frame rails came. In case you aren't aware, I've decided to do Rod & Custom's front M2 suspension upgrade. Here's a pic of the parts (crap cell pic, sorry):

In that pic (which I know is hard to see) there is the new:
- Front Crossmember
- Engine Mounts
- Master Brake Cylinder and power booster
- Rack and Pinion Steering
- New v8 2" drop spindles
- 11" Disc Brakes
- Steering Column Conversion Kit
- New Calipers and Pads
- Shocks and Struts
- Upper and Lower Control Arms
- And all the necessary hardware

Check out Rod & Custom if you're interested!

I have a ton of other stuff coming, and I need to go through all the CJ Pony Parts orders I've made as we went along and catalog that as well.

But as of now, ALMOST everything is ordered and at the house waiting. The only thing left is the engine.

OK so last night:

1. Remove the Steering Column and Box

- Our steering box still has the steering rod and tie rod ends connected to it, but that's ok, it's all trash now basically.

- Remove the Firewall Insulation

- Remove the horn cap by rotating it counter clockwise (we did this a long time ago as you can see in the pictures)

- Remove the steering wheel nut that holds the steering wheel to the steering shaft inside the column. Then attach a steering wheel removal tool to the wheel bolt holes and pop that sucker off!

- Next disconnect the wire harness for the turn signal and horn from the middle of the column:

- Next unbolt the 2 bolts that hold the bracket to the dash:

-Finally slide that column off the steering shaft. We already unbolted the steering box from the frame rail, so after you slide the column off, just pull that box out from the engine bay (carefully!):

2. We cut out the driver's side shock tower!

This was a lot of fun:

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