1970 Opel Gt - Purchased July 1972 - Chartreuse - restored - 3000 miles as of 02-16, 2021 -
Maybe I am just unlucky but I have put that steering shaft/fire wall rubber boot on, as of today 3 times. First time was easy as there was nothing in the way, that is nothing in the engine bay but the steering shaft. Second time took a little noodling - I first removed the coil and the gas pedal linkage which were both in the way and after an hour of trying I thought what I need to do job is find a way to hold the boot in place pushed up against the fire wall while I wiggled and played with it long enough to get it to go over the lip, that turned out to be a radiator clamp - success and in just a few minutes of trying. Putting the radiator clamp around the steering shaft was no simple matter either. So, long story short, it came off again#@%X%#@. So this time I knew what to do and was able to get it back on fairly quickly, including removing and reinstalling items about an hour total. So hopefully this will help someone else that has or will have this problem, someone that has just discovered that their boot has fallen to the bottom of the steering shaft. The final improvement is putting a black zip tie around the lip of the boot to hold it firmly in place against the lip/flange on the fire wall. That was not a simple procedure but really not bad and hopefully will eliminate the need for a repeat performance. I have gotten so much useful information from the members of this forum that given the chance I like to add something back something simple like this to hopefully help some else out and save them a little time and frustration in the process.