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Jim Bastien

(1 posts)

05/13/2009 12:43PM

Main British Car:

Steering wheel removal 1979 MGB
Posted by: jpbastien
Date: May 13, 2009 12:50PM

I am trying to remove the steering wheel on my 79 B to replace the turn signal, horn hi/low beams switch. Do you know a way to get the steering wheel off then replace again?

Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
(367 posts)

10/23/2007 09:43PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: Steering wheel removal 1979 MGB
Posted by: Citron
Date: May 13, 2009 01:21PM

I don't know about the 79 but my 70 and 74 don't require steering wheel removal to chane the turn signal switch.


Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2764 posts)

10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Steering wheel removal 1979 MGB
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 13, 2009 08:33PM

Same here on '76 you'd just remove the plastic shroud between the steering wheel & dash. I'd think the 79 is the same but not sure.

John Barilaro
Red Sox Nation!
(60 posts)

11/02/2007 08:29AM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB Ford 302/5L

Re: Steering wheel removal 1979 MGB
Posted by: jbarila
Date: May 14, 2009 01:44PM

Just remove the cowling and then you can access the turn signal switch.Remove the 2 screws and the clamp...replace your switch. One thing if you decide to remove the wheel anyway DO NOT use the loosen the nut and hit it with a hammer while pulling on the wheel method. This has a very good chance of collapsing the steering column. This is a safety feature for when your body hits the wheel in a crash, the column collapses to absorb some of the force.
Steering wheel removers can be made easily or bought or rented. They are worth it, I collapsed my column and now have an ugly repair to do.

Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Steering wheel removal 1979 MGB
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: May 14, 2009 03:07PM

Jim, you may have to loosen the mounting bolts for the column and allow it to drop a bit to get access to the screws in the cowl. Once those are removed the cowl should split and slide up over the stalks on either side.

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