New Features for 1964

Steering & Suspension

from Chrysler Corporation; October 1962


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IMPERIAL STEERING GEAR INTERNAL CHANGES

  • Ports in valve body .090" diameter (were .187") (Dampens road shock - reduces shimmy)
  • Reaction pressure plates .008" thick (were .006") (Provides increased "road feel")

IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE IDLER ARM DAMPER

  • Bolted to bracket on frame side rail.
  • Idler arm mounts on serrated shaft.
  • Hydraulicly dampens rapid movement (shock or shimmy), but does not retard steering action.
  • Rotates with same feel as shock absorber. Serviced by replacement only.

IMPERIAL FULL BALL TIE ROD ENDS

  • Self adjusting, low friction, long life.
  • 32,000 mile lubrication.
  • Bleeding type seals.

IMPERIAL STEERING COLUMN WITH LOWER BEARING

  • Lower bearing with insulator.
  • Coupling with 7 ply flexible disc.
  • Floor support,"O" ring and plate.
  • Install upper bearing housing (general design and service procedures same as other Corporation cars).

IMPERIAL COLUMN - LOWER END

  • Position lower seal on shaft (lubricate seal).
  • Center lower bearing on shaft serrations (lower bearing .007" larger I.D. than upper, and has red separator. Upper bearing has white separator or no separator).
  • Install insulator on lower bearing and install shaft assembly in column.

IMPERIAL COLUMN UPPER END

  • Install snap ring, upper bearing and remaining parts (same procedure as 1963 V,L,P,D,C).

IMPERIAL GEAR AND COLUMN ALIGNMENT AND COLUMN INSTALLATION

  • Gear must be realigned if mounting is disturbed.
  • Loosely mount gear on side rail.
  • With tool C-3949 bottomed on wormshaft support, and thumbscrew at 12 o’clock, tighten thumbscrew and install clamp at instrument panel with tab in slot.
  • Tighten two front bolts, firmly position wedge by tapping lightly with hammer, then tighten rear bolt.
  • Remove tool and install column assembly with:
    • Master serrat ions aligned
    • Locating pin in coupling bottomed against wormshaft (Install and tighten coupling bolt)
    • Flexible coupling disc axially unstressed.
    • Tab on instrument panel clamp engaged in slot.
  • Do not let top of column fall or damage to coupling disc or horn wire will result.
  • Tighten main support plate
  • Slide "O" ring into place
  • Tighten "0" ring retaining plate

STEERING COLUMN WITh TILT WHEEL

  • Optional on Imperial, Chrysler and Dodge 880.
  • Raise release lever to select one of seven positions.

REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION OF TURN SIGNAL SWITCH

  • Bowden cable engages switch pin.
  • Switch screws tightened with wheel tilted down.

REMOVE TURN SIGNAL COVER

  • Remove tilt and turn signal levers.
  • Remove cover using tool #C-3954 and SP3426A weights.

REMOVE OR INSTALL HORN CONTACT AND TURN SIGNAL YOKE

  • Thread horn contact wire in or out carefully (observe routing during disassembly).
  • Hold yoke squarely when engaging or disengaging pivot stud.

UPPER BEARING AND RELATED PARTS

  • Collapsible spacer not reused (discard).
  • Parts must be aligned and in sequence: upper bearing, inner race, bearing seat, retainer, rubber washer, collapsible spacer, washer, and snap ring.

UNHOOK TILT RETURN SPRINGS

  • Tilt to upward position to reduce tension.

REMOVE ACTUATOR HOUSING PIVOT PINS

  • Use tool #C-3957 - screw must not turn.

REMOVE OR INSTALL ACTUATOR

  • Lift tilt lever so lock shoes will clear pins.

REMOVE OR INSTALL STEERING SHAFT

  • Note position of lower bearing.
  • Remove tilt return springs.

REMOVE OR INSTALL SPRING FROM SPHERICAL BEARING

  • Tilt upper shaft approximately 10 degrees.

DISASSEMBLE OR ASSEMBLE STEERING SHAFT

  • Turn upper shaft 90 degrees from centerline.
  • Align flats on sphere with socket.
  • Lift upper shaft and sphere from lower shaft. (Assemble in same position)

ALIGN SPLINES WHEN ASSEMBLING

  • Imperial - Mark on upper shaft must be aligned with center of bolt groove (flat) on lower shaft.
  • Chrysler and 880 - With mark on upper shaft at 12 o’clock, scribed mark in groove at lower end must be at 9 o’clock.

REMOVE OR INSTALL ACTUATOR HOUSING SUPPORT AND LOCK PLATE

  • Note position of short screws.
  • Lock plate slides in or out of slots.

REMOVE OR INSTALL TURN SIGNAL SWITCH CONTROL CABLE

  • Remove or install attaching screw.
  • Disengage bowden wire from belicrank.
  • Note position of bowden wire coils.

REMOVE OR INSTALL LOCK SHOE PIVOT PINS

  • Back up boss with piece of steel.
  • Use 1/8" punch.

REMOVE OR INSTALL LOCK SHOES

  • Carefully pry lock shoes over yoke with screw driver.

UPPER AND LOWER LOCK SHOES

  • Upper lock shoe has three notches and rubber bumper. Lower lock shoe has four notches.
  • Note position of tension springs.

INSTALL ACTUATOR PIVOT PINS

  • 3/8" rod under yoke helps align pin holes.
  • Pins must be seated.

HOOK TILT RETURN SPRINGS OVER TABS

  • Tilt to full upward position.
  • Use tool C-3956.
  • Spring ends must hook upward as shown.

INSTALL UPPER BEARING AND RELATED PARTS

  • Use new collapsible spacer.
  • Use tool C-3957.
  • Parts must be aligned and in sequence: upper bearing, inner race, bearing seat, retainer, rubber washer, collapsible spacer, washer, snap ring.
  • Snap ring must be fully seated.

CHECK SHAFT ROTATING TORQUE

  • Use inch pound torque wrench.
  • Check in all tilt positions.
  • If maximum reading is over 2 1/2 inch pounds, replace collapsible spacer.

INSTALL TURN SIGNAL COVER

  • Use tool C-3955.

LOWER SHAFT BEARING - IMPERIAL ONLY

  • Spring, bearing and plastic support held in place by coupling with bolt.
  • Carefully pry out support to avoid breakage.

 

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