Entry 45 – Seat, Seat Runners, Handbrake, Handbrake Lever, Handbrake Shaft, Handbrake Switch, Handbrake Blanking Plate, Steering Column, Universal Joints, Steering Outer Tube, Steering Column Spacers, Seat Belt Bolts, Floor Grommets

This weekend is devoted to the odds and ends that remain in dismantling the Jag.

Seats

I took out the seats with the exception of the driver’s seat last summer. First step today was to remove the seat. I lifted out the lower cushion exposing the seat frame mounting points. I then removed the two 7/16” nuts on the front of each slider rail that were fastened to captured bolts in the rails. Two 7/16” nuts were then loosened from the rear of the seat rails. Each fixing point had spacers. Curiously, the spacers on the RH rail were larger (higher) than the ones on the outside rail.

LH Seat Assembly

LH Seat Assembly

Lower Cushion Frame

Lower Cushion Frame

Rear Fastener & Spacer

Rear Fastener & Spacer

Rear Spacer

Rear Spacer

Front Fastener & Spacer

Front Fastener & Spacer

I then removed the seat runner assemblies from the floor. Each assembly was fastened to the floor with four slotted machine screws. Two into the floor at the rear of the assembly and two into the cross rail.

Seat Runner Assemblies

Seat Runner Assemblies

Front Seat Mounting

Front Seat Mounting

Rear Seat Mounting

Rear Seat Mounting

Seat Runners Removed

Seat Runners Removed

Handbrake

The next task was to remove the handbrake assembly from the car. The assembly was held in place by two 9/16” hex head bolts. The first was connected through the floor with a nylock nut. The second was screwed into floor rail.

Handbrake Assembly

Handbrake Assembly

Rear Mount Through floor

Rear Mount Through floor

Then I loosened the bolt on the handbrake lever from shaft to primary cable and tapped it off of the splined end of the handbrake shaft. I was then able to lift out the handbrake assembly with shaft from the interior of the car.
Handbrake Lever

Handbrake Lever

Handbrake Shaft

Handbrake Shaft

The Jag has a warning light for handbrake activation called the switch, at base of handbrake lever, operating handbrake warning lamp. Its mounting bracket was held in place by two slotted 10-32 machine screws into the floor. These were removed and since the switch wiring had already been cut, the switch was removed.

Handbrake Switch

Handbrake Switch

Handbrake Switch

Handbrake Switch

Handbrake Switch Wiring

Handbrake Switch Wiring

Handbrake Switch Removed

Handbrake Switch Removed

Handbrake Switch Removed

Handbrake Switch Removed

I then removed the housing for the handbrake shaft by loosening the two 7/16” hex head bolts that secured the housing to the propshaft tunnel. A rubber seal is on the inside of the housing. I then removed the blanking plate for the same purpose on RH drive cars on the passenger side of the tunnel. A rubber gasket sealed the blanking plate to the tunnel.

Handbrake Shaft Housing

Handbrake Shaft Housing

Handbrake Shaft Housing

Handbrake Shaft Housing

Handbrake Blanking Plate

Handbrake Blanking Plate

Handbrake Blanking Plate

Handbrake Blanking Plate

The handbrake cable was then hanging below the car, suspended by the support bracket for handbrake cable. The bracket was riveted to the undercarriage with two pop rivets. These were drilled out and the cable with bracket and lever was removed.

Handbrake Cable Bracket

Handbrake Cable Bracket

Cable, Bracket, Lever

Cable, Bracket, Lever

Steering

Next I removed the steering wheel as well as the upper and lower steering column assemblies. I began by disconnecting the upper universal joint by removing the bolt through the jaw of the universal joint and then I carefully pried away the joint from the splinedinner column. I could then lift away the lower steering column assembly.

Upper Universal Joint

Upper Universal Joint

Lower Steering Column

Lower Steering Column

Lower Universal Joint

Lower Universal Joint

Upper Universal Joint

Upper Universal Joint

 

I then removed the two nuts holding the outer tube assembly bracket to the mounting point on the body. Four spacers were used to drop the steering column down a bit. I will probably remove these as I need more leg room getting in and out of the car.

Outer Tube Assembly

Outer Tube Assembly

Upper Mount Spacers

Upper Mount Spacers

I then removed the collar at the base of the upper steering column assembly attached to the body. I first loosened the jubilee clip used to secure the outer tube assembly to the collar. I could then remove from the car the upper steering column assembly with the steering wheel. I then removed four 7/16” hex head bolts that fastened the collar to the firewall. I could then remove the collar and what remained of a rubber seal. I am not sure of the purpose of the yellow rubber ring below but it was at the top of the steering column.

Jubilee Clip at Joint

Jubilee Clip at Joint

Column Collar to Body

Column Collar to Body

Jubilee Clip & Collar

Jubilee Clip & Collar

Shaft Insulation

Shaft Insulation

Steering Removed

Steering Removed

Electric Contact

Electric Contact

This is a diagram of the steering wheel, the steering shaft and their various components:

Steering Wheel Assembly

Steering Wheel Assembly

 

The seat belt eye bolts were still in the floor, so I removed all of those. They screwed into threaded plates welded to the floor. There were also a number of metal blanking plates about 1” in diameter that I popped out and removed. There were two in front of the seat rail in the front seating area, two in the rear carpet area, two in the base of the rear seat cushion and three in the floor of the spare tire cavity in the trunk. In addition there was also a black rubber banking grommet in the rear carpet are on each side of the car, and two amber colored plastic blanking grommets in the floor of the rear seat cushion.

Floor Grommets and Bolts

Seat Belt Floor Bolts

Seat Belt Floor Bolts

Rear Seat Grommet

Rear Seat Plug

Metal Blanking Grommets

Metal Blanking Plugs

Rubber Blanking Grommets

Rubber Blanking Plugs

Floor Blanking Grommets

Floor Blanking Plugs

Holes for Blanking Plugs

Holes for Blanking Plugs

Various Blanking Plugs

Various Blanking Plugs

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