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  1. #1
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    Steering column vs clutch master cylinder

    My upper UJ where the column meets the column extension is hitting the clutch master cylinder, have I done something wrong?

    Hopefully this a link to a picture of the issue

    http://s102.photobucket.com/user/cra...tml?sort=3&o=0
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    Craig Perry

    No, I'm not "repairing" it, I'm fine tuning its performance.

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    Use an m8 Allen bolt instead of the normal bolt. The head will then fit into the recess that's in the uj. Fit a spring washer under the head and cut the thread to finish flush with the other side of the UJ.

    This should give the clearance you need. The column needs fitting as far to the engine bay as possible as there is some movement in the hole in the bulkhead.

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    recess in the UJ??????

    Didn't see one of them, if there was one why won't the spring washer go into it under the bolt head?

    I'll try the m8 allen bolt tomorrow night but the bulkhead bearing is fixed where it is now.

    To move it over it'll mean pedal assembly out AGAIN and filing the holes sideways!
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    Craig Perry

    No, I'm not "repairing" it, I'm fine tuning its performance.

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    Anthony meant move the shaft further towards the front of the car, ie towards the rack, not sideways. HTH
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    Mercedes SL owner, definitely NOT a kitcar owner like you lot!


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    I don't think the column extension will move further forward as its fixed to the rack?

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    It's been a while since I did mine but I believe there was a bit of forward movement but I definitely have the cap head bolt that sits in the recess and is almost flush with the U/J
    BIG TONE


    Mercedes SL owner, definitely NOT a kitcar owner like you lot!


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    Undo the big nut on the shaft and slides in or out !

    Rog
    AK 427 SC now sold. New ride is a 57 Chevy Bel Air Big Block 454

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    I've remove the big nut on the column (as directed by AK) to stop it hitting the pedal assembly so the column moves in and out freely, but the rearward position of the upper UJ is dictated by the length of the AK extension piece and the bolt in the lower UJ through the recess in the drive spline on the rack.
    Regards

    Craig Perry

    No, I'm not "repairing" it, I'm fine tuning its performance.

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    Craig,
    I just had this exact problem. I spoke to Jon at AK and sent the column extension piece back to them to have an inch removed from its length. This resolved the issue for me.

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    As mike said that is another option. Just make sure you have enough clearance across the top wishbone and heater pipes if LS fitted as shortening it could change the angle. Also if you take to much off the angle on the UJ can get to tight and lock up.

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