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1930 Buick Series 40 Question


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Hello all. I am new to the restoration process. I see that some of the gears at the bottom of the streering column are warn and broken. I am not sure they are in the correct position either. I am going to purchase a set form Bob's but I cannot find anything on how to remove, install and locate them correctly. Can anyone help or point me to litature to do this job?

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Take care when removing the old gears to note the position that they are located in.  I highly advise taking photos of the way they interlock with each other as you remove them from the car as they are sort of a "Rube Goldberg" setup.  Be very careful with the new gears when replacing as they are cast potmetal and easily broken.

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Thank you both for your responses. It would be great if they have key ways. I am not. Sure at this point as I have not gotten the parts yet. As for the picture taking, I will do that, but I am not positive at least one of the sets, is in the proper position. One of the gears is missing some teeth and its mate the teeth are stripped. Again if they have key ways this would be great. Do either of you, recommend removing the column for this work or can they be exchanged while the column is still installed?

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The work can be done while the steering column is in place.  There is no reason whatsoever to remove it.  You may want to remove the drivers side engine pan if that is still present on your car (many were removed and lost over the years) for additional clearance, but even that should not be necessary.  hidden_hunter is correct with respect to the gears having a keyway that they slide on.  Having said that, it is common for the old potmetal gears to be frozen in place.  You may need to pry them off once the bolts are loosened and in the process you can expect them to crumble.  Not to worry though as you won't be reusing them and have taken photographs of the original positions.  The reproductions are pretty accurate, but as noted previously are somewhat fragile like the originals.

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