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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:39 pm 
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Looking for a way to straighten my steering wheel up. I'm sure there is a method. Or do you know of someone who can do this?Information would be appreciated

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:01 pm 
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There are two ways to make the steering wheel straight (centered) up. The first is removing the wheel and re-centering it on the splines. Depending on the splines, you may not be able to do it this way as the splines are "keyed" so the wheel will only go on in one position. Fords came two ways - on my 56 Bird the wheel is "keyed" while on my 64 Fairlane it is not.

The other way is by adjusting the tie rod ends in the front suspension.

You usually cannot do it by removing the steering pitman arm as the splines on the box usually are "keyed" so it only goes on in one position.

There is a third way, and that is by modifying the splines on the steering rod on in the wheel itself so the wheel will go on in any position. I know it's been done, but it isn't the right way.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:39 pm 
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The Shop Manual recommended way is to move both tie rod adjustment sleeves in conjunction with one another.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:16 pm 
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Based on what Don says, the wheel is probably keyed


Rustyfords wrote:
The Shop Manual recommended way is to move both tie rod adjustment sleeves in conjunction with one another.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:32 pm 
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paul274854 wrote:
Based on what Don says, the wheel is probably keyed


Rustyfords wrote:
The Shop Manual recommended way is to move both tie rod adjustment sleeves in conjunction with one another.


Yes....the wheel is keyed.

The Shop Manual method isn't terribly difficult to do. Perhaps I'll use that for a tech article in the April Newsletter.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:17 pm 
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Reason for the shop manual procedure (and the T-Birds being keyed is to ensure that when the steering wheel is centered, the sector shaft gear is on its crest. (there is a centered 'high-point' for the position of the worm/sector that must be set with wheels straight ahead. This is the point where the steering gear adjustment has to be made. If adjusted 'off center', the gear will tighten excessively when turned past center, causing possible damage to bearings and gears.

1. Ascertain center of gear and lock wheel in this position.
2.) Now loosen tie rod clamps and adjust wheels to 'straight ahead', setting 1/16"-1/8" toe-in, measured at centers of treads. (tires must be spun by hand, chalked with white chalk, and a line scribed)
3.) Set car on wheels, roll back and forward 16", to set curb weight & normalize front tires.
4.) Steering wheel still locked in 'neutral position' (straight ahead) measure front and rear 'tread width', setting for proper toe-in.
5. Lock tie rod clamps.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:06 pm 
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As as addendum to what I posted on earlier on this...

I recently straightened mine by simply shaving off the keyed area. That allows you to place the wheel anywhere you want it.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:48 pm 
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You can also take the car to a alignment shop and they can correct/ center the steering wheel while preforming the alignment.

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