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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 17, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

I replaced my rag joint with one from Classic Industries. I can get the bottom bolt in on the power steering side that squeezes the shaft, but on the firewall side the bolt will not go in. When I look in the bolt hole the spindle is visible with the groves, so there is no way for the bolt to go all the way through. I don't recall if the original had it or not. I searched the forum and found that some have it and some don't. Does anyone know if both sides of the rag joint is suppose to have the bolt that squeezes the clamp down? If so, any suggestions on my dilemma? Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 17, 08:12 AM
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Can you post a pic of your rag joint ? Stock rag joint has a squeeze clamp on the steering gear side and a
2 hole flange on the column side. The 2 holes are different sizes. If you have a column with a splined shaft
that takes a squeeze clamp then the shaft should have a milled groove to allow the bolt to pass through when
properly aligned.

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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Here is a photo of my flange and coupler for comparison. Make sure your flange is not upside down and that your steering wheel is properly aligned on the steering shaft.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 17, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

I will take mine apart and see if I can see the milled side that allows the bolt to slide in. I tried to upload a picture, but it wont take. I have to look into that as well. Thanks.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 17, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Here is a picture on my rag joint and the open bolt hole.

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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

That's not a stock rag joint so you must have a non-stock column.
For that joint to work the column shaft will need a milled notch
to allow the bolt to pass. You'll have to separate it to see what
you have.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 17, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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It's the original column. I bought the replacement from classic industries which was missing one of the star head bolts.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 17, 11:09 AM
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Jonathon, I did a little research and found that a tilt
column uses the type of joint flange that you have. So
I'm guessing you have a tilt column. I believe you need
to have a milled notch to clear the bolt. Here's a pic I
found on the net.



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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 17, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Thanks. I plan to take it back apart and will probably see the milled section. I appreciate the help!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 17, 09:16 AM
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Re: 67 RPower Steering Rag Joint

Jonathan,

When you took the pic above, was your steering facing forward? When the steering wheel is straight, the bolt securing the flange to the steering shaft should be parallel to the ground and one of the pins should be at 12 o'clock. You may want to pull your horn cap and make sure the notch on the steering shaft is at 12 o'clock with steering straight.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 17, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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I found the small milled section.

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