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Removing a gauge cluster with tilt steering......

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ak7, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. ak7

    ak7 Registered Member

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    Allright. I've got my 72 GMC Jimmy with tilt steering and a 71 Blazer for a parts truck. The Blazer does not have a tilt steering column and the gauge cluster comes out very easy. So I've got it all cleaned up and ready to put into my Jimmy and I can't get the Jimmy's cluster past the tilt column. Has anybody run into this before? What did you do to get the cluster out.

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  2. Beast388

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    I've got tilt steering in my '71 Suburban and when I've swapped clusters, I've had to loosen the 2 bolts that hold the column up to the dash. Dropping the column about 1/4 to 1/2 should be plenty. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  3. ak7

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    Thanks for the info. I actually thought about doing that but I wasn't sure if it would allow the whole shaft to lower at all. I've never installed or removed or done anything with a steering column or shaft before. Thanks again I'll try that in a bit.

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  4. Blazer1970

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    You usually have to drop the column a little to get the gauge cluster out even with a non-tilt column.
     
  5. TONYP

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    I'm painting the inside and was wondering the same, thanks guys
     

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