On this repair, I was replacing the selector arm collar. Because as you can see from my pictures, my truck’s original was hammered from the day I bought him. Even though I had the broken part you can’t repair it because this part is made of pop-metal. It can’t be welded, so all these years thinking I’d never find a way to fix or replace this part of my truck (my baby!). Then one day I went clawing through a local recycling yard looking for anything at all for my truck, and I stumbled upon a new collar. I couldn’t believe it!!!! I also found some dashboard knobs that were black and stainless steel. I bought some trim screws from this truck, also (never leave anything behind, you may NEVER be that lucky again!) I also looked all around this truck to see if I could find any other goodies. Like, wiring, factory plugs, bulbs, good fuses, dashboard jewelry, chrome nuts, any other knobs, glove box goodies, and spare factory hardware?
This is the first of many, as I have a plan of more restoring more trucks in my future. I also checked his steering shaft bushings while I had the steering column apart. They seemed ok for now. At least I know where to go if I ever need to replace them when my trucks fully restored, is at that stage. So for now, no play in the steering shaft, up or down, side to side. There’s no reason to fix what’s not broken.