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Technical pulling a '40 steering wheel

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by terry k, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. terry k
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,767

    terry k
    from toledo oh

    How do you pull the steering wheel ? I made a jig for earlier wheels, but it won't work on a '40.
  2. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,515


  3. on some of the early cars I have drilled and tapped two holes so I could use a conventional steering wheel puller
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  4. terry k
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,767

    terry k
    from toledo oh

    Yes I do not have any holes. They installed a '41 wheel.

  5. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,511


    Have had success by pulling up hard on the wheel while someone lightly taps the center shaft-make sure the nut is on there.
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  6. fordor41
    Joined: Jul 2, 2008
    Posts: 975


    My '41 fordor had 2 threaded holes for a puller. no puller, have someone in the back seat pulling on the wheel and hit the shaft(with nut on) and the wheel will usually pop off
  7. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,822

    from NKy

    I have the special tool ( puller ) for removing an early wheel . It looks similar to a huge C clamp . It has different size arbors to fit the bottom of the wheel and inside of the steering shaft . I have won many a free lunch betting , I can remove that wheel in minutes and not damage a thing !
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  8. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 911

    Bob Lowry

    As olscrounger said above, I have always just backed off the nut, squirted some PB Blaster or similar behind
    it and onto the threads, let it soak for a couple of minutes, and then used my knees to push up on the bottom
    of the wheel, take one hand on the top of the wheel and pull as hard as you can, and then hit the nut with
    a large hammer, and off comes the wheel. You MUST be sure that the nut is flush with the end of the shaft
    so that you don't damage any threads. Whenever I replace the wheel I use a small amount of anti-sieze on the
    tapered part of the shaft or wheel, so that next time it comes right off with no tools.
  9. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,515


    As has been mentioned, easiest way is to drill and tap two 5/16-24 threaded holes in the
    steering wheel hub and then use a puller to remove the wheel. I had to do this to remove a Limeworks steering wheel. The last photo shows the 2 holes already provided in a 1940 Ford steering wheel. Do the same for your wheel.

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  10. Phil P
    Joined: Jan 1, 2018
    Posts: 381

    Phil P

    I've used the push up with the knee method put instead of a hammer I used my pneumatic chisel with the blunt attachment to rattle the wheel loose.

  11. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 5,148


    This is the proper tool to use if you can find one and unfortunately have messed up some nice steering wheels using other methods image.jpg image.jpg
  12. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,893

    ramblin dan

    That clamp is pretty slick. I had a 47 Ford that someone before me had mushroomed trying to pound it out so I cut it off the shaft, put it on a mill and took the taper out so I could put a 3/4 solid shaft down to the joint to the box.
  13. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,469


    The pound on it while pulling should work but don't ever try it on a late model collapsible steering column.
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  14. Rustygt
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 204

    from Emeryville

    Shoot some erokroil in the keyed slot tap with leather mallet will slide right off
  15. Andy
    Joined: Nov 17, 2002
    Posts: 4,844


    Just beat the end of the shaft with the biggest hammer you can find. You will sure beat the the bearings in the steering box up real good.
    Imagine a steering box bare without the tube. Put the steering box on the ground with the shaft vertical.
    Beat on that shaft all you want until the wheel falls off.
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  16. terry k
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,767

    terry k
    from toledo oh

    That puller would be nice except my column has the flare at the top the size of the str. base.
  17. modagger
    Joined: Jul 2, 2013
    Posts: 313


    When I had trouble getting my ‘40 wheel off, this is the method I used having gotten it right here on the H.A.M.B.

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