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Chopping the steering post

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koashiloh
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Chopping the steering post

Post by koashiloh » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:10 pm

Anyhow out here have experience chopping down the steering post. We have a '59 17ft ski boat and I feel like the steering post was designed for a 20+ foot boat. We are hoping to cut it back at least 4 inches but max of 6 inches.

Just wondering how you did it and what problems may have arrived.

I could be using the wrong terminolgy not the first time in my life.
Bissen
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Re: Chopping the steering post

Post by JimF » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:03 am

I have done this. You must remove the entire steering gear from the boat. Pull out throttle and pull the wheel. Disconnect the steering arm, undo the two bolts holding down the gear and pull it all out. Loosen the clamp at the bottom of the chrome tube and pull the tube up and off. Take the gear with the shaft to a good welder. He can cut 4" or whatever out of the middle and weld it back together. Be sure it is straight and the hole in the middle remains open for the throttle. Cut the chrome tube to length and reassemble.
1930 Chris-Craft Model 100 20' "MOXIE"
1935 Chris-Craft Deluxe Utility 18' "ALICE K II"
1940 Chris-Craft Red and White 25' "Old Paint"
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Re: Chopping the steering post

Post by jfrprops » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:23 pm

now where but on this site could you post such an esoteric question and get an answer right away...and from someone who has actually done it.....? amazing great post.

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Re: Chopping the steering post

Post by koashiloh » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:16 pm

Thanks JimF this was really helpful and looking forward to the undertaking...albeit a bit nervous!! :wink:
Bissen
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