Join Date: Jan 2015
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if you go to beating on the top of the shaft w/o a nut on it, good chance you will end up needing another strg shaft as the threaded end of the shaft can get all boogerd up. As part of my specialty core parts business, have pulled nearly a thousand early GM and AMC tilts and specific straight columns, and I always pull the strg wheels. 64-66 A body parts columns are getting harder to find, not something that's in the local pick-n-pull anymore.
if you do plan to go to beating on the end of the shaft, reinstall the nut, then back it off till its flush, then use a med sized center punch, and give it a good whack with a mini sledge. light beating won't get "tough pull" strg wheels off.
have always used a billet steel puller, the crossbar is nearly 1" thick steel. Its a $20 puller, but could just as well be labeled SnapOn. Bolts are grade 8 from the hardware store, very seldom ever have to get the mini sledge and center punch out.