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1967 Tilt Steering Wheel

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Does anyone know exactly where the fuse is located for the tilt steering column? The shop manual indicates that it's behind the dash, perhaps in a wiring harness. Do I need to remove the instrument cluster to replace the fuse?
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Hello.:)On the 67 cars the tilt steering wheel is a purely mechanical assembly.No wires, no fuses.If you look at the steering column where the turn signal arm is you should see something that looks like a rod about 3/16 in diameter, similar to what the glove box latch grabs onto.That's the release rod for the tilt steering.For future reference, the fuse box is located on the firewall, behind the pedals up above where the carpet ends.If you look up in that area you will see something that's about 2" by 3" with a bunch of fuses in the front of it.That's it. :gringreen Hope that helps.:)

Mmm ... not purely mechanical. The system is activated by a switch in the door jam that drives a solendoid. Once the solenoid is activated the mechanical stuff you mentioned takes over, mostly driven by a vacumn canister. According to the shop manual the fuse appears to be an "in line" fuse. That is, it's embedded in a harness assembly, not located at the fuse box. (I'm guessing it's located there because the tilt was an option.)Unfortunately I can't locate the in-line fuse by feeling behind the instument panel ... but I suspect it's back there somewhere.
Thanks for your input...
Hi again.:)The system that you are describing is the one that makes the steering wheel kick over to the side when you open the door, like in a 68-70 Shelby.I would have to say that this is the first time I ever heard of it being in a 67 model mustang.How that works is there is a vacuum housing up and over to the P/S of the ignition switch.It's about the size of the oil pressure sending unit with a vacuum line going into one end and a little arm coming out of the other which hooks to the release rod that causes the steering wheel to swing over to the side.There is a relay switch which is part of the vacuum housing assembly that is activated by the door jamb switch,allowing residual engine vacuum to pull the release lever.It also acts like a kill switch in that the car won't start with the steering wheel over to the side.I can see how that system would look like it had something in common with the courtesy lights on a diagram but it doesn't.It has a second door jamb switch.Hope that helps.:)
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You're right ... I confused things by saying steering column instead of steering wheel. The courtesy lights appear to somehow be tied in thru the same 7.5 amp fuse, even the shop manual identifies it as part of the symptom (non-operational tilt wheel and no courtesy lights). I find the electrical schematics difficult at best when troubleshooting.
Meanwhile I continue to hunt for the fuse....
The 7.5 amp fuse should be located a few inches inline on the wire that connects to the "acc" terminal of the ignition switch.
You guys did a great job describing the tilt system. Is the "kill switch" a look a like to the door jam switch for the courtesy lights and the door jam switch that's connected to the tilt system? I finally got the tilt straight up and the rod came down and depressed the switch in. Is that switch the "kill switch"?

I thought that would solve my problem of the starter getting power to start my engine. But it had no effect on it. Am I misunderstanding where the "kill switch" is? Or if I'm correct concerning the "kill switch" then what the heck is causing my problem?

HELP !!!!

If the kill switch is depressed - then there is no ignition. Button must NOT be depressed - when the steering wheel is tilted to the side - the rod is depressed onto the kill switch to keep from trying to drive the car with the steering wheel in the "tilted position"
This link is good for wiring & vacuum diagrams
1967 Mustang Wiring and Vacuum Diagrams
Link to a discussion in another forum
Hope this helps:laugh:
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