NEW! BEAUTIFUL 1968 DELUXE STEERING WHEELS!

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Re: NEW! BEAUTIFUL 1968 DELUXE STEERING WHEELS!

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Post by sweetair » 26 Jan 2018, 09:33

Sounds to me like a restored wheel would be more authentic than a repro one, correct?
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Re: NEW! BEAUTIFUL 1968 DELUXE STEERING WHEELS!

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 26 Jan 2018, 10:38

Don Rush wrote:
25 Jan 2018, 11:50
The wheel shown is a restored wheel not a repro. The repro will most likely have texture (like the 69 repro wheel)...
Dunno if either of those statements is true (and AFAIK he does not say). BIS restored wheel woodgrain while very nice (nicer than OEM IMO) is not correct.
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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 26 Jan 2018, 10:40

sweetair wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 09:33
Sounds to me like a restored wheel would be more authentic than a repro one, correct?
It depends entirely upon who is restoring it! In the case of a '69 (like we have), from what Don said, sounds like a repro would be more correct than a (BIS at least) restored wheel. BIS repro? I think we don't quite know (but that's a '68 wheel).

From what I remember, there was no wheel restoration place that people were entirely happy with (i.e. THE place to go) before BIS. But the fact remains that BIS restored wheels are not correct. Very nice, but not correct.
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Post by sweetair » 26 Jan 2018, 11:04

Appreciate the info. My wheel is fine, the padding is "puffing" up in a few areas along the top of the wheel but other than that, all is good. BIS looks like they do a great job though.
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Re: NEW! BEAUTIFUL 1968 DELUXE STEERING WHEELS!

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Post by Don Rush » 26 Jan 2018, 11:22

sweetair wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 09:33
Sounds to me like a restored wheel would be more authentic than a repro one, correct?
Not in the case of the 69... As I pointed out a restored wheel is usually void of any faux wood grain texture whereas the repro 69 has texture just like original. Very few wheel restorers will take the time to hand etch the texture back in place.

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 26 Jan 2018, 11:22

sweetair wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 11:04
Appreciate the info. My wheel is fine, the padding is "puffing" up in a few areas along the top of the wheel but other than that, all is good. BIS looks like they do a great job though.
What you are describing sounds like your center pad, common problem. The repro pads do not fit the plastic bezel (with the woodgrain) well though. What I did on mine was took an old center and experimented on it. That is, I reformed it using a heat gun so it fit the repro pad properly. Came out well so I then restored the bezel and put new woodgrain on it. I have about $750 in my restored (BIS) wheel, OEM rimblow switch, pad and bezel. It sits in a box in my basement. Hated it on the car. Love my Grant 1170 mahagony wheel with custom horn button. SO much more practical/pleasurable to drive with. But I digress...
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Post by Socalef9 » 26 Jan 2018, 23:22

Dont mean to threadjack, but does anyone know of any stock looking 3 spoke steering wheels for a 68? I still have my original which is discolored, but i hate it. I have a grant style 3 spoke installed, but i think it looks kinda cheap and im not a huge fan. Would love to have a 67 looking wheel, or even a mustang style wheel on my 68

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Post by 1967 S Code » 27 Jan 2018, 05:45

Socalef9 wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 23:22
Dont mean to threadjack, but does anyone know of any stock looking 3 spoke steering wheels for a 68? I still have my original which is discolored, but i hate it. I have a grant style 3 spoke installed, but i think it looks kinda cheap and im not a huge fan. Would love to have a 67 looking wheel, or even a mustang style wheel on my 68
It has been covered here in this thread:
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Re: NEW! BEAUTIFUL 1968 DELUXE STEERING WHEELS!

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Post by Socalef9 » 27 Jan 2018, 10:59

1967 S Code wrote:
27 Jan 2018, 05:45
Socalef9 wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 23:22
Dont mean to threadjack, but does anyone know of any stock looking 3 spoke steering wheels for a 68? I still have my original which is discolored, but i hate it. I have a grant style 3 spoke installed, but i think it looks kinda cheap and im not a huge fan. Would love to have a 67 looking wheel, or even a mustang style wheel on my 68
It has been covered here in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3960
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For some reason I thought the diameter of the shaft in the column was different and the wheels wouldn't interchange.

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Post by Midlife » 27 Jan 2018, 18:41

I think all Ford-Lincoln-Mercury products all used the same steering wheel nut from at least early 60's to mid 70's, leading me to suspect the splined steering wheel shaft is the same.

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