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Mines in too many!!!:dontknow:

But I think I found the problem!!

But finding that part may not be easy!!
Now for the questions?
First, while pulling the column out, the shaft was trying to come out of the seperate link before the steering gear box, (yes I had removed the bolt holding the 2 together & man was it a battle to seperate the 2!!!) should it have?
Next both the dimmer switch and the starter rod have bends in them, are they factory?

And last, (and just as important) a few parts sort of just fell out so I don't have a clue where they came from!!!!
Anyone have a break down of THIS column, 1980 with factory floor shift and push down lever for key release?
I need it to end up looking like this or close!!!

Oh yea, I'd like it to work!!:poke:
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donny the part you need Is called a ignition rack you can get it at napa auto parts bought 20 bucks
putting it in however is difficult as you found out,,, good luck i just went through this last weekend
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I was gonna tell ya how to do it, but then you said it had to work when done, so I better shut up!

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these pics are from an 82(the closest alldata would get to an 80) should be the same,columns didn't change again for several more years the first one is for a four speed manual , the second is for an auto or three speed manual column. i believe the part you are looking at is number two in the first pic the switch actuator.


 

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I used to do a lot of these back in the 80's. GM was one of the easiest to steal. Had them every week in the shop as stolen/recoveries. We used a little bit of white grease to hold the rack and pawl together for re-assembly. Otherwise, the parts just keep falling apart as you try to get it all back together.
 

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I used to do a lot of these back in the 80's. GM was one of the easiest to steal. Had them every week in the shop as stolen/recoveries. We used a little bit of white grease to hold the rack and pawl together for re-assembly. Otherwise, the parts just keep falling apart as you try to get it all back together.

When they stole my blazer all they did was punch a hole in the column pop out the plastic gear and gone but when I got it back it had more gas then before.
 

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..this is the only drawing I have of the steering colume....:nanawrench:


...Ahhwww Darn,It looks like the little brat scatter those parts again..:poke:
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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
Ta DONE!!!!
It took the better part of a day, ( I did sell my old motor in the middle of doing this!!!:nanawrench:)
Everything works, ignition, dimmer, flasher and key release!!!!
Clean up is next but everything inside is greased and lubricated

all connecting rods and switches in place and work as they should.

Now the funny part, I have to go back and borrow the steering wheel tool to get the c-clip back on!!!

I'd rather slap a lion with pork chop gloves on than do this again!!!
But for less than $20.00, DONE DEAL
DONNY!!!!!
 

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hey ddd what ya mean tool,, ya just push down with one hand and slip the snap ring on with the other,,,,,simple:poke: looks good bro :You_Rock::beer::secret:
 

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i hear ya,, i broke down and broke out the wallet... oh well we all learn one time or another , glad ya got er done:beer:
 

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Wonder what they would charge to fix that. Looks like in the range of $200.00:secret:
 

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my guy here in the big state of texas charges $100.00 thats parts, labor, and sevice call,
i got the family discount,,,,,:beer:
 

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..Man,what a job,Congrats Donny,you did it..:nanawrench::You_Rock:
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Hey Dumb Deal Donny, what are you doing up past your bed time????
Don't make me come and slap the tranny out of you!!!:poke:
Give the man a badge and what does he do........
Your so old you fart dust!!!:nanawrench:
Donny
 
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