Steering Wheel Removal
By Whitney S. Haist
For pre-'41 GM trucks
All your hard restoration work is starting to pay off and the ol' truck is looking pretty good. Now it's time to pull the steering wheel so you can rebuild the gear box, paint the column and refinish the wheel. You carefully remove the horn button and the nut on the end of the shaft.
With your conventional wheel puller in hand, you observe that there are NO threaded holes in the hub of the wheel for the attachment of the puller! Now it's time to get out the service manual since all else is failing. The manual clearly displays a photo of a large cast iron contraption that Chevrolet provided service technicians for this purpose.
Figuring the last one of these disappeared from the local Chevy garage in about 1951, I built the unit pictured here. It's cut out of ¼" steel plate, pulls on the bottom of the wheel and utilizes a conventional puller.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
Have fun with the ol' truck!
WhitneyFor more information on "The Art Deco Series" (1941 - 46), check out Whitney's web site. It's full of good info. Not to mention he's two Chevy beauties in the gallery -- a 1939 Chevy 1/2-ton and a 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton . Be sure to check out our extensive Forums discussions -- from General Truck talk, Electrical Bay, Big Bolts, Panels and Burbs, Engine and Driveline, Paint and Body, Interiors, Tool Chest -- The Stovebolt Collective can help in your quest and walk you through the mire and majic of working with old iron. ~~ Editor
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