ok - an update as I have made a little rogress There was too much play in the rag joint at the bottom of the tilt steering column, and I couldn’t get the damn bolt in, so it all had to come out. I chased the threads with a tap and installed the rag on the bottom of the shaft and it all went in and the bolts are all tight, so happy with that!!
So, next cab off the rank was the tilt steering actuator. This is a complete original '69 setup that I acquired a couple of years ago. I had a recommendation from WCCC about a guy who rebuilt it all, so everything is good and ready to install. It was never optioned for my car, so I have no idea how it all works or goes together. where the holes should be etc so it’s all trial and error - so my apologies for the bone questions that appear from time to time.
I figured out that the canister mounts under the battery tray (I haven’t painted or installed that yet) - so I search on the 'net and found a couple of pics that show where it should go. On the apron below the tray but above the lower mounting holes, there are three dimples in the apron - the centre one becomes a hole for the valve to poke through, the outer ones are drilled for the canister studs to appear, so I used a hole-saw to mark the circle, drilled the ring and used the hole saw to break through - easy to do after a while, just a PITA whilst you’re doing it…
So, the canister is now in the right place
I put the hoses on, they run up from under the battery tray (not in there yet) around the shock tower and under the export brace to the rear of the PCV and (soon, when I figure out where it’s supposed to go) through the firewall to the actuator/relay and vacuum motor.
Next thing was figuring out the actuator and vacuum motor.
I had a few questions about this thing - what were all the parts for, and how did it mount, and what are these wires for?
So, it turns out that these are for a second “safety switch” - these get wired in series with the NSS (Neutral Safety Switch) on an Auto car - so you cannot start the car whilst the column is tilted. Apparently not used for a 4-speed car as the idea is to use the little jumper wire (I know - the switch is not connected right??).
I spent a couple of days trying to figure out how this thing would mount onto the steering column, and it didn’t matter how I twisted and turned it, there was no way it would mount anywhere sensible.
Then - I had a light-bulb moment - the lower dash wasn’t it, and I saw a pic on the interweb that hinted at it not being mounted on the column, so I figured out that it actually mounts on the underside of the dash itself!! So, nearly ready to put the lower dash in and once that’s in, then the final piece of the puzzle will be complete, I’ll just need to cut a hole for the additional door switch and it’s done!!