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Steering column mount

PostPost by: elancoupe » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:34 pm

It seems that the outer steering column in my car can be rotated a little too easily. I attempted to tighten the mount on the dash, but the studs are at the end of their threads. I put a few washers under the nuts, but the column is still not tight enough. This would indicate to me that this mount should be replaced.

Is this mount common to some other car? If anyone has specifics and availability it would be great.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:06 am

which parts are you referring to? are they all there?
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:42 am

piss-ant wrote:which parts are you referring to? are they all there?


AHA! I was referring to the mount (#49), but after a check, it appears that I do not have #50, no wonder it's not tight. Thanks Gary. :)

Any ideas on sources? It looks like there is an unnumbered part above #50 as well.
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PostPost by: UAB807F » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:55 am

AFAIK it's all triumph spitfire/herald parts apart from the alloy casting that fixes to the rear of the dashboard. Rimmers stock some parts - link below.

http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID005792

If I'm interpreting things correctly, the bits missing are felt pads. On mine they'd compressed over time and I replaced them with a thin strip of rubber between the column & the clamp, but if you want the OEM parts they're only a couple of quid from Rimmers.

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:43 am

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:26 am

UAB807F wrote:AFAIK it's all triumph spitfire/herald parts apart from the alloy casting that fixes to the rear of the dashboard. Rimmers stock some parts - link below.

http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID005792

If I'm interpreting things correctly, the bits missing are felt pads. On mine they'd compressed over time and I replaced them with a thin strip of rubber between the column & the clamp, but if you want the OEM parts they're only a couple of quid from Rimmers.

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Thanks Brian. The part in question is actually a spring clip #609639, and is NLA from Rimmers, and others.

I found one place that lists then part as available, so unless someone stateside has a spare used one, I will follow up on that lead.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:28 pm

Some photos.
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A couple of columns with most of what is needed.
Elan column spring clamp.JPG and
Elan column clamps - left spitfire right.JPG and
in the upper right there is a Spitfire column clamp. not much use on an Elan but most of the other co;umn parts are good.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:21 am

Thanks Gary, good stuff, as always. :)
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PostPost by: pereirac » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:23 pm

That explains it.. mine has always rotated .. :)
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:36 pm

I received a new spring clip from The Roadster Factory in Armagh Pa, installation to follow.
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