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blackss69

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69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« on: May 01, 2016, 11:48:46 PM »
I have a 69 Camaro with the standard steering column floor shift.  I have started to put the column together from pieces and find I am missing the "Shift Tube Spring".  This is item number 27 in the Service Manual.  It is called out in Step 7 in the Assembly Procedures in the Service Manual.  It looks like it is by the Shift Tube Lock Plate (item 26). 

I do not have the spring and wonder if there is really a spring in the column and if so could someone tell me the dimensions of the spring.  I looked at the column and really can't see where it would go if I had one (there is no wear where a spring would have gone).   

Thanks for your help. 

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z28z11

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Re: 69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 02:35:05 AM »
Yes, there is a spring in the assembly - here's the pic, dimensions as follows:

Length: .825", ground flat on both ends.

Outside diameter: .9875"

Inside diameter: .771"

Coil (wire) thickness: .106"

You'll need to buy or fabricate a compressor to depress the top cover plate under this spring's pressure in order to push the keeper in place. A little cumbersome, but have patience -

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KevinW

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Re: 69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 11:09:50 AM »
I remember that puppy! Makes it hard to get the clip ring installed :)  I may have an extra, where are you located? 

blackss69

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Re: 69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2016, 12:24:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  The spring in the picture looks to me like the spring under the lock plate.  I have this spring.  You are right about compressing the lock plate to remove the round ring retainer.  I have the tool and it makes it easier.

The spring I wonder about is smaller and sits between the ignition/turn signal housing and the "dummy" shift housing (since it is a floor shift).  I think the spring mentioned is used only if you have a column shift, but I'm not sure.  I think the illustration is confusing in the Service Manual.  I hope this makes sense.

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Re: 69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2016, 04:49:14 PM »
Ah, I think there was a spring behind the auto column shift arm, so that it would spring back when putting it in gear. 

blackss69

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Re: 69 Camaro Standard Steering Column Spring
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2016, 06:39:03 PM »
Looking at the lower shroud of the column and you can see a casting location that would allow a 5/16 or 3/8 inch spring to be installed.  This casting location is in the same place as the reinforcement for a shift lever.  Since it is a floor shift there is no shift lever.  So I think it is as Kevin W responded.  If there was a shift lever you would need a spring.  The column goes together fine without the spring so I really do not think it was used for a floor shift column.
 
I looked at the parts in the area involved and there was no wear like you would see if the spring were once installed.

Thanks everyone for the information.

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