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A few more pictures of the parts I collected. Obviously a lot of clean-up work to do. Thanks for all of the great ideas. I will continue with the project and keep you posted on the progress.
So the wheel bore is actually 1.5", not 2"? That would make bushing it down to fit your existing shaft easy, but you still couldn't install it without dropping the rudder.

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So the wheel bore is actually 1.5", not 2"? That would make bushing it down to fit your existing shaft easy, but you still couldn't install it without dropping the rudder.
The actual wheel bore looks to be 1.75". The ID of the donor shaft is 1.5". It splits in half with the removal of bolts. The bushing will have to be a split bushing also - no need to remove the rudder shaft. I'll post pictures as I make progress. First step is to clean up the messy wheel and remove the bolts that hold it together. The wheel is actually "dished" and may fit upside without hitting anything but it will be close. I plan to do a test fit this weekend. The wheel will be installed on the rudder shaft below before I make any decisions on where to install the pedestal. I can still sail with the tiller if a wheel is attached below to the shaft.
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Sorry, didn't see that the wheel was actually split, the condition of it makes it difficult to see that detail. If it will clear, and you have the space to locate the blocks properly (to have the wire rope running to the wheel with no deflection), then it may work out. Going to be a tight squeze! Good luck!

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Good score on this one...it will clean up just fine
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I made a little progress this weekend. See the pictures attached. It looks like it is going to just fit.
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Like it was made for it
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Looks good! Is there a chance the hose and stuffing box can be moved down a bit? Only problem I foresee is the angle of the cable to idlers and distance to the pedestal

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Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Denise you have all the right questions! I considered that and will move everything down if needed. Right now it looks like it will work just fine without hitting the bottom of the cockpit or the big plastic stuffing box top nut. I started work on the shim and so far it looks like it is going to work great.
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Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Thanks cook. On my boat the bolt that holds the wheel hub is also the only thing that keeps the rudder shaft from dropping out of the boat!

When you get it all done. you will want to have or make an emergency tiller.

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