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Steering Column Question.

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by Noneyah, Nov 27, 2022.

  1. Nov 27, 2022
    Noneyah

    Noneyah New Member

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    I have a 72 CJ-5 and need help identifying the starting column. All the post and vids I’ve watched show a lower steering shaft which telescopes. My lower shaft is solid from firewall joint to steering box joint. It sounds like I need to replace a bearing in the upper column and don’t know what to order for. Thank you for any insight. Pics to follow.
     
  2. Nov 27, 2022
    Keys5a

    Keys5a Sponsor

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    I’m pretty sure all the AMC Intermediates (‘72-‘75) had a lower shaft with a collapsable feature. One piece was solid stock that slid into a larger tubular section. They had while plastic inserts in the joint to keep it snug, but in a front collision, it would allow the shaft to collapse. You likely have non- original parts if you have a solid lower shaft.
    The bearings in the upper column often are bad, both at the top and the bottom of the column. The correct column should have a “horseshoe” flange where it mounts in a cutout in the dash. Parts for the Intermediate Jeeps can be pretty scarce to find.
    -Donny
     
  3. Nov 27, 2022
    Noneyah

    Noneyah New Member

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    Thank you. I’m trying to figure out how to post pics. Mine has no slip joint.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2022
    Noneyah

    Noneyah New Member

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  5. Nov 28, 2022
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    The intermediates 72-75 did not have a collapsing steering column.
    Solid shafts; slight movement only at the bell coupler mounted at the steering gear.
    The upper column bearing is the same on all CJs 1941 up to 1975 ?
    The lower column 72-75 bushing is available thru aftermarket suppliers.
     
  6. Nov 28, 2022
    Noneyah

    Noneyah New Member

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    [​IMG]Great . Thank you. Any idea who carries these bearings/bushings?
     
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