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post #61 of 96 Old 05-04-2020, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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I think powder coating these is a step too far. Use epoxy paint.
That was my concern also. Powder is just so easy. Drop a load off of same color and boom. Comes back in a week perfect with zero effort as opposed to all the prep, setup and mess that is involved with painting.

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post #62 of 96 Old 05-13-2020, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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After some freelance work got in the way. I am now getting ready to repaint my bare columns. The plastics when new were gloss.

What finish was the stock steering column (under the dash) from the factory?

flat, matte, semigloss?
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post #63 of 96 Old 05-13-2020, 05:05 PM
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I just looked at both the 87 and 94 columns. I would lean toward matte.
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post #64 of 96 Old 05-22-2020, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Still waiting on paint to arrive...

Guess i will work on other items in the meantime.
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post #65 of 96 Old 05-27-2020, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Paint has arrived finally! Prepped the columns with self etching primer yesterday and will be shooting paint this afternoon. Hopefully will start full reassembly of one of 2 this weekend.

Then I will start asking all the questions about getting it back together correctly. Haha
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post #66 of 96 Old 05-28-2020, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Painting is done. Used an awesome paint called Speedkote Hot rod black. It was a great match for oem color/sheen, a simple 4 to 1 mix and very forgiving.

Just need to pick up some grease and new red 271 loctite for the 4 bolts.

What grease should I pick up? High temp Red and tacky?
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post #67 of 96 Old 06-02-2020, 04:52 PM
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Painting is done. Used an awesome paint called Speedkote Hot rod black. It was a great match for oem color, a simple 4 to 1 mix and very forgiving.

Just need to pick up some grease and new red 271 loctite for the 4 bolts.

What grease should I pick up? High temp Red and tacky?
In would use whatever grease I have laying around. I always have kendall blue or red synthetic or even shooterschoice for gun parts. It is not a high load or high temp area. I use shooters choice in turn signal switches, light switches, etc that I have taken apart and reconditioned and cleaned. It works well even in very cold temps.

As far as Loctite. I would steer towards the blue and be mindful of the torque that I put on the fasteners. Red Loctite can really blow if you ever have to go back in and take something apart again. Blue works really well on rifle scopes and mounts and they take a lot more abuse than your steering column ever will.

Your paint job looks awesome. Nice work.
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post #68 of 96 Old 06-02-2020, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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In would use whatever grease I have laying around. I always have kendall blue or red synthetic or even shooterschoice for gun parts. It is not a high load or high temp area. I use shooters choice in turn signal switches, light switches, etc that I have taken apart and reconditioned and cleaned. It works well even in very cold temps.

As far as Loctite. I would steer towards the blue and be mindful of the torque that I put on the fasteners. Red Loctite can really blow if you ever have to go back in and take something apart again. Blue works really well on rifle scopes and mounts and they take a lot more abuse than your steering column ever will.

Your paint job looks awesome. Nice work.
Got some red n tacky.

Luckily the 4 bolts that I will be using the red loctite on will never need to be accessed again unless I do another full breakdown. I will be using blue for the other stuff higher in column.

Been jamming on other Jeep parts at the moment. Will get back to the rebuild when I get some extra time. Thanks for looking and the advice.
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post #69 of 96 Old 06-18-2020, 07:04 AM
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Rebuilding 3 tilt Columns at once. Got a bunch of questions...assistance appreciated.

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Those two wires are for the key warning (busser if you forget to remove the key) found in YJ Jeeps 1987 and up to ??. Not found on CJs.

The upper and lower parts of the steering shaft slide into each other as a safety item in the event of a collision. You should be able to pull out or push in a little to adjust the lengths.

I used Crown turn signal switch. Seems fine to me. I also use Omix lower steering column bearing, but found the wire spring that holds the bearing retainer in place was too short and could not be used. I salvaged my old one which worked fine.

Sorry I had what probably was a dumb question but found what I was looking for after asking. Iím new at this forum thing and havenít quite mastered how to delete post.


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Sorry I had what probably was a dumb question but found what I was looking for after asking. Iím new at this forum thing and havenít quite mastered how to delete post.


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No questions are dumb.

Lots of us have questions that require a simple answer from knowledgeable folks or just need some reassurance from fellow jeepers to give us the confidence to move forward with the task.

Ask as many questions as you like. People here are very helpful and courteous unlike some other places. That is why I am doing my rebuild here with the help of the group.
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No questions are dumb.

Lots of us have questions that require a simple answer from knowledgeable folks or just need some reassurance from fellow jeepers to give us the confidence to move forward with the task.

Ask as many questions as you like. People here are very helpful and courteous unlike some other places. That is why I am doing my rebuild here with the help of the group.
Amen. There are no dumb questions. Some forums have people that are inconsiderate and downright rude to somebody with a simple question and give responses like search the sticky threads, the FAQ, did you do a search? etc. The answer may or may not be in the stickies, FAQ's or search functions. The search functions can suck.

YJ folks on the F 12 are just downright good people.... Ask away. Somebody will help you with an answer or guide you to the sticky, FAQ or whatever without treating you like a pile of poop.

Hey. Maybe the new YJ guy doesn't work well with a computer, has bad internet, did not hit the right key words to find the info.... blah blah blah.

It is hip to be square and a lot of us folks are passionate about that....

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Today I installed the Dorman HELP! Turn Signal Cam (Part # 49302) that I had ordered. 2 cams come in the package. Neither were an exact match to what I took out and I had to bend the prongs slightly on the contacts from the old cam to make them fit the new cam. I got the switch installed and was looking forward to going in for lunch (100 F degrees in Sacramento today) only to find out that the turn signal lever was wider than the slot on the new cam. Not only that, but there was a little triangular piece of flashing in the corner of the slot. I used a very sharp carving chisel to remove the plastic and a Dermal and a file to narrow the turn signal lever (it has cruise control on the end of the lever so it may be different than some levers). I did not want to widen the slot in the cam because that is exactly where they break. Usually I modify the least expensive or the replacement part but not this time.

I think I am really going to enjoy not having a floppy turn signal lever.
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post #73 of 96 Old 06-28-2020, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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It is supposed to rain this week so after I get my hardtop painted, I will be back on the columns. I did some test fitting and already have some reassembly questions for the group.
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So how are these coming?
I'm near the same stage with my column..


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So how are these coming?
I'm near the same stage with my column..
i am still in the same place. All over the dinner table. Work got in the way.
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