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Old 07-01-2014, 10:58 AM
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I'm putting my 72' FJ40 back together and I'm not sure if I'm missing a part or not??

It appears there should be a plate or cover that mounts on on top of the steering column before the steering wheel goes back on. There's a threaded hole on the housing that holds the turn signal assembly (top of picture), just not sure what is supposed to screw in there? Any ideas?
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:41 PM
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Do these pictures help? I don't see another part but there's not a ton of detail about the mount...
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:53 PM
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Brad, I believe that hole was for the three on the tree linkage. My recollection of taking off the steering wheel on my 40 is not entirely clear - but I don't think a plate goes there. I remember the slight gap from the housing (labeled in yellow in the picture) to the steering wheel. I'm sure another three on the tree 40 owner will chime in.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:37 PM
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Matt - Thanks for the diagram. I think it clarifies that there aren't many parts to the steering column below the steering wheel. Maybe my setup is complete?

Ricardo - I totally forgot about the three on the tree mount, that very well could be what the threaded hole is for. Anyone know what year they switched to a three on the floor?

It just seemed that there would be cover of some sort to keep the dust and grime out of the turn signal mechanicals. Maybe the backside of the steering wheel would acts as the cover, although there is a good size gap between the steering wheel and housing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:27 AM
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Anyone know what year they switched to a three on the floor?
The floor shift was introduced mid-production-year 1972. April, maybe May? Somewhere in there. But it was before the 1973 model year that started September 1972.
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:42 AM
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Mine never had a plate on there. When I had the larger, correct steering wheel it sat fairly close to then turn signal housing. Since I made some mods (later model wheel that's smaller, power steering, and a 4 speed tranny) there's a larger gap between the two. So I think you're on the right track.
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