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    Looking for a machine shop (not Action)

    I need to have a couple C-clip grooves cut in my steering column to fix the gap on my steering wheel. I took some measurements and dismantled the column and drove to Action. They were not interested in such a small project and turned me away.

    So does anyone have an idea of another shop? Near Ballard would be my first choice.
    Patrick Brown
    331 Stroker / T5 / 8" / Wilwood Disks / RRS R&P Steering / Megasquirt EFI


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    There used to be a shop at about 70th and 15th NW, but I don't get into Ballard much. Have no idea if it's still there.

    We have a tool & die shop where I work, but I can't always get things done the moment I bring stuff in. Just depends. If one of the lathes are available I can usually do whatever I need to do... or the tool maker just does it for me real quick-like. Maybe if you can snap a shot of the job I can gage how quick the job is.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Here are a couple of photos of the upper section of steering shaft. Do you see those two grooves near where the wheel bolts on? I needs those cut exactly 1/5" closer to the end.There is a bearing that gets sandwiched between two C clips. The bearing sits in the cup of the turn signal housing and the spacing determines the gap I have at the steering wheel. I think this shaft is from a Mustang column kit. The Mustang turn signal housing is 1/5" thicker than the one on a Falcon.

    It would be great if you can help me out with this. I can drop it by whenever is convenient and I'm not in a huge rush.
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    Patrick Brown
    331 Stroker / T5 / 8" / Wilwood Disks / RRS R&P Steering / Megasquirt EFI


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    Patrick,

    That should be a piece of cake. Mere minutes after a tool bit is cut, but we probably have one.

    You really should probably scribe exactly where you want the new groove(s) though, or sketch it out, because 1/5" of an inch is an odd description. I'm assuming that to be .200" - right? We'd set up the digital read-out to move exactly how far to do it. Also be sure to dimension things as the edge of one groove to the edge of the other.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Yes that would be .200". That is measured from the edge of the old groove the the same edge of the new groove. This should be easy. I can draw something up if needed.

    I used to have access to a lathe. I miss those days. When I was logging, we had a mobile machine shop. We could built anything on the spot to keep equipment running.
    Patrick Brown
    331 Stroker / T5 / 8" / Wilwood Disks / RRS R&P Steering / Megasquirt EFI


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    OK - Can't wait no more. Did it work?
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Quote Originally Posted by Luva65wagon View Post
    OK - Can't wait no more. Did it work?
    Yes id did Roger. It was a perfect fit. I haven't had time to do much (any) work on the car but I was able to test fit that.

    Thanks much for helping me out.
    Patrick Brown
    331 Stroker / T5 / 8" / Wilwood Disks / RRS R&P Steering / Megasquirt EFI


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