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Larry Frechette    Posted 06-20-2019 at 06:19:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 8N Steering Wheel
  • Hey, Y'all,
    Hoping to get some ideas for removing the steering wheel from my 8N. I inherited the tractor from my dad. He had wrapped the deteriorated wheel with lots of duct tape. Then a neighbor who was using it put a steering wheel cover over the duct tape. That was over 20 years ago. The cover was falling apart and, as I was looking for a new steering wheel cover, I ran across an old blog discussing repairing/restoring them. It suggested, among other things, using Oatey FixIt stick epoxy putty. So I tackled it. I'm still getting tape residue off, but I have started puttying up places where the plastic had broken out. It would be so much easier to get every crack and make the final product look good if I could get the steering wheel off. My three-leg puller shaft end slides into the hollow steering shaft. Also, I'm afraid to damage the edges where I have to hook the puller legs.

    Any ideas? Torches?

    Thanks,
    Larry Frechette

    Jim.UT    Posted 06-22-2019 at 17:56:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • In all the years I parted out derelict tractors I never had the Zane Sherman method (as described by PatrickB below) fail me.

    Mike W    Posted 06-20-2019 at 19:58:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • I put a puller on and apply a little force. The wheel remains in place until a little heat is applied to the hub. I use propane for this job, not oxy-acetylene. The wheel will pop off usually with very gentle heating.

    LarryFrechette    Posted 06-21-2019 at 06:29:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Mike,
    Thanks for the response. How about Mapp Gas? I have that and oxy-acetelene, but no propane.

    Larry

    Mike W    Posted 06-21-2019 at 21:46:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm sure mapp would work. It doesn't require a lot of expansion to break the bond.

    Larry Frechette    Posted 06-22-2019 at 06:10:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Mike, I tried the heat yesterday with another person working with me. He would hit on the hub as I heated, then yank up on the wheel. I had him use a brass hammer so as not to mess the hub area up. Absolutely no sign of movement. There is a tiny bit of spline showing, so we would be able to see if it moved at all. I guess I'm relegated to purchasing a bigger puller. That and some Kroil.
    Thanks again,
    Larry Frechette

    Lynn Patrick    Posted 06-20-2019 at 08:24:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have used a large 3 arm puller by removing the 3 prongs & just using the straps. Hard to describe, but my puller has 2 straps for each prong. Remove the prong, lower until you can put the straps past the steering wheel arms & bolt under the arms. That pulls from the arms, not the center.
    Don't know what to tell you about the hollow shaft. Maybe leave the burr on loosely & a small bolt in the hole??

    Kirk-Nj    Posted 06-22-2019 at 03:08:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Ditto this is what I also do to get them off.

    Lynn Patrick    Posted 06-22-2019 at 08:10:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Thanks Kirk. I wasn't home when I posted that so could not get any pics!

    Farmer Dan    Posted 06-20-2019 at 08:15:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Use a lot of penetrating oil, try pulling up on one side of the wheel then the other, trying to breaking loss by rocking it. more oil. let it sit overnight so the oil can soak in. Might try tapping it with a hammer, don't get to aggressive though.

    Larry Frechette    Posted 06-20-2019 at 12:10:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Dan,

    I have been dousing it with PB Blaster. Is there something better I should be using? There is no rocking it back and forth. It is like it is solid to the steering wheel shaft.

    Thanks for responding.

    Larry Frechette

    PatrickB    Posted 06-20-2019 at 12:33:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N Steering Wheel
  • Larry, about 20 years ago I used Zanes advice. Remove the acorn nut, clean up the threads and put the nut back on about four turns. Soak with Kroil, hold a heavy hammer against one side of the steering hub and hit the opposite side with a two pound hammer. Do this several times all the way around the hub.Then stand up and grab a hold of the wheel with both hands rock it back and forth while pulling up with all your might. You may have to repeat this several times but it will come loose. The nut will keep you from going on your arse when it does.

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