1957 Steering Wheel Alignment Problem

Feb 24, 2020
Thunderbird Year
Well, this has me stumped and I was hoping someone here might have an answer. I have a 57 with power steering. However, the other day I noticed that the steering wheel was no longer in the proper position. What should be the bottom and at the 6 o’clock position, was now in the 9 o’clock position. I had some recent horn work done and thought the mechanics might have taken the steering wheel off, and not gotten it straight. I took it back to the restoration shop and they took the steering wheel off, lined it up, and tightened it back down. It looked fine. As I drove it out, and let the wheel return to center to drive straight, the bottom was now in the 3 o’clock position???

I did not notice any clunks, or sloppy loose steering etc. Everything seems tight and true, except now the steering wheel if off again, but in 180 degrees from where it was when I brought it in. We tried placing a 4x4 against a front wheel and turning the wheels into the 4x4 to see if there was any slippage. Both directions there was not any. Everything seems tight and “normal.” The mechanics were scratching their heads, and this is way out of anything I could figure out.

They kept the car to try and determine just what could be going on. I thought I would check here and see if anyone had an idea what this may be caused by


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Nov 12, 2021
Thunderbird Year
I have recently had my entire column out of the car and always had an issue with the telescoping mechanism. If I pulled the wheel out, it could literally pull out enough to slip off the splines at the steering gearbox and turn 720 degrees or more unless I caught the correct splines in the steering box to slide it back down. The splines on the steering wheel are also “keyed” so the steering wheel (if stock) goes on in only 1 position. If you’ve ruled out any slippage in these connected parts, have they eliminated problems in the steering gear box itself? Especially from lock to lock and re-centering?
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