Thanks! I've straightened it with hammer and dolly and am repainting now.Your plate looks like 3 of the mounting holes are in the same plane. All that plate does is hold the steering column but the steering column does not meet up with a linkage or rigid hyd lines so it’s not like alignment is super critical. The laminated plates of the steering column are very stout so I would assume if 3 of the holes in the mounting plate are in the same plane, you could add shim washers under the bent up portion of the mounting plate and still keep the steering column level and securely mounted.
No, I haven't. I'm anxious to get it put back together but dang it, I know you're right. I'll look into the seal kit. Thanks.Glad to hear you were able to straighten it. By chance did you put new seals in the steering column while you had it out? It’s not a bad job to do once the column is out of the tractor but it’s a major job if you have to tear the tractor down again to get the column out to reseal it if it leaks later.
If it’s never been rebuilt, the rubber seals in it are as old as the tractor - which means sometime in the last century….
Thanks Mike! Yes, there is weeping between the top and second plate. I'd feel better if it were re-sealed anyway and it looks like whatever bent the frame mount tweaked the top plate as well. Thanks for the info. I'll try to get one of those seal kits.Here you go - this should tell you just about everything involved in the rebuild and after reading this, you can decide if you want to rebuild.
Was there any evidence of a hydraulic fluid leak near the steering column when you disassembled the tractor?
Hey folks, Got an '86 318 with the classic trans fluid out the top of the steering column. I've lived with it for a season, but had to do a starter replacement so... while I've got the engine out and on the floor I decided this it... not putting up with it any longer. The column and valve body...www.wfmachines.com
Check out the disassembly and assembly photos on Toasty's post. The most critical seal sits right under that top plate that the steering shaft tube is connected to so if it is bent, you may have a hard time sealing the steering column even if you straighten it and install a new seal. Can you post a photo of the top plate you say is tweaked? You might want to contact the supplier in Chicago and ask to speak with a repair technician and get their advice.
Thanks. It isn't weeping badly really. I think I can beat it somewhat straighter than it is. I've purchased a seal kit and will install it and straighten the plate this weekend. Appreciate your advice, Mike.Given the position of the welds on the tube, it looks like you took photos of 3 different sides and the first lamination seems to have a bow in the middle. That is the lamination that is connected to the steering tube. Compare your photos to the photos in the Toasty link. The fluid seal is located between the 5th lamination piece and the solid cast block so you might not need to worry about the bow if you seal it to prevent water entry. You might still want to call the Hydra Guide service company in Chicago for their advice.