I'm trying to remove the steering wheel on my 1976 ST12. There was a significant amount of corrosion in the cup area of the steering wheel. When I tried to remove the bolt at the top, it sheared off clean at the steering shaft. The washer below it was almost half gone due to corrosion.
Is the steering wheel splined to the shaft or is it held by a key? I see in the parts diagram there is an E-Clip, but it looks to be below the steering wheel.
I suspect that the shaft and wheel are corroded together and removal may be very difficult. I found a few videos online, but the wheel seems to almost always get destroyed in the removal process. I can't put heat on the area due to the plastic wheel. I'm currently soaking the area with Kroil and have a puller putting pressure on the wheel, but am getting no movement.
Since the shaft is already damaged from the broken bolt I drilled out, my last resort will be to simply cut it off below the wheel. That assumes I can find a replacement steering shaft in serviceable condition. Then I should be able to stick the steering wheel in a press and push the top of the shaft out.