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Username Post: Upper Steering Shaft Coupling Problem        (Topic#211401)
Posts: 12

Loc: South Carolina
Reg: 03-07-09
03-08-09 08:20 AM - Post#1646427    

The Upper Steering Shaft Coupling on my '64 is worn out, and very wobbly.

Does anyone know of a vendor that supplies a repair kit or parts for the stock coupling?

Should I just remove it and replace it with an aftermarket Steering Shaft U-Joint?

Thanks for your help.


1964 Impala SS
Small Block

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Loc: Hartland, Michigan
Reg: 06-17-05
03-08-09 09:48 AM - Post#1646488    
    In response to Bikerdoc

Check CPP. I think they have a replacement rag joint that you can use. Ask on their forum... they can probably answer your questions.

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Posts: 12

Loc: South Carolina
Reg: 03-07-09
03-08-09 11:23 AM - Post#1646537    
    In response to Rocki

You replace the UPPER Steering Shaft Coupling with a second rag joint?

I am not asking about the Lower Steering Shaft Coupling - the "RAG Joint" that is a few inches above the steering box.

I didn't know you could replace the Upper Coupling with a second rag joint.



1964 Impala SS
Small Block

Posts: 629
Loc: Edmonton,Alberta Canada
Reg: 05-03-08
03-08-09 11:53 AM - Post#1646563    
    In response to Bikerdoc

Hey Doc,
I just rebuilt the lower end of my steering column on my 64 power steering equipped Impala, and if I get you right, the upper connection of the intermediate shaft is the one wobbling, not the ragjoint itself?
If it is the upper,I guess the questions are; is it at the clamp area where the splined areas are connected, or is it above the steel u-joint housing?If it is at the splines, shaft replacement or u-joint housing replacement may be the only option. If it appears to wobble above the u-joint housing, your lower steering column bearing is probably shot.The u-joint itself does wiggle a bit.My bearing was so detonated that I could see shards of bearing between the steering column and the clamp right under it..
Replacement was a snap, then again my column was out, but my supplier didn't have replacement bearings as such, more of a brass bushing, which if properly lubed should give me 20 years of driving.(I don't plan on driving but a few thou a year..)I replaced the seal on top of the u-joint housing while I was there.
Hope it helps

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03-08-09 12:25 PM - Post#1646580    
    In response to BG64SS409

It's the part you are calling a U-joint. I have the same thing on my 60. Neither Eckler's nor Impala Bob's shows a replacement joint or a rebuild kit, but I am convinced there has to be a way to repair it.


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Loc: New Zealand
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03-08-09 02:45 PM - Post#1646663    
    In response to raycow

the coupling has 2 square blocks inside ,if it is only those that are worn then you can dismantle the coupling and rotate them a quarter of a turn ,it may take some of the slop out.

Alternatively you can add a U-joint by cutting the end off the stock steering shaft and getting a machinist to mill the end to accept a 3/4DD u-joint which i have done on one of my cars...

this one is connected to a collapsable shaft..

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Reg: 05-07-09
05-15-09 09:47 PM - Post#1698500    
    In response to Bikerdoc

I am having the same problem. This is what i've found. I'm gonna try it and see.

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05-18-09 07:45 PM - Post#1700322    
    In response to Bikerdoc

Try this place for the upper cuplink parts. They had everything I nneded to repair mine.

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