What can of worms did I just open!!!!!!!!!
This thing is toast! I need to get some pics up here some way some how. You guys got to see this thing.
Front and rear bearings in the tilt mechanizem are 99.9% GONE and the cone shaped portion of the steering column looks to be really worn also.
There was only one thing that got me on removal. There is a gear down inside the hole that the key cylinder slides into. Well the tilt device won't come out until you remove that gear. Other than that this has been a level one removal procedure.
What I did find odd though was evidence of someone drilling out the key cylinder. There was a divot from a drill bit down inside the lock cylinder where the gear sits.
must have been replaced at some point by a previous owner/thief
So now I need to evaluate a few things tomorrow.
#1 Is the steering column shot?
#2 If column is shot, can I replace just the u-joint and stub shaft?
#3 Is the tilt mechanizem shot?
#4 If tilt is ok, who makes bearings?
#5 what up grades can I do now that this dash is all apart
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