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56 and 57 Steering Wheels
#1357280 Sun Apr 26 2020 06:13 PM
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Restoring a '57 3200 and trying to keep it totally stock throughout. When I bought it, it had a '56 (flat, not dished) steering wheel, not the dished one shown in '57 literature. Trying to figure out if any early '57s were made with leftover '56 steering wheels, or if someone changed it. It looked like it was all untouched when I took it apart, best I can tell. I actually like the '56 wheel better, so if it is original to the truck I'm going to keep it, but trying to be a purist and keep it stock. Anyone have any wisdom to offer on this? Thanks.


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Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357302 Sun Apr 26 2020 09:36 PM
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Whether you have flat or dished depends on whether you have the shorter or longer steering shaft. The dish distance was taken out of the length - 55.2 and 56 have longer shafts. Otherwise everything interchanges. I think you'd end up with the wheel in your chest if you used the longer shaft with the dished wheel... The opposite is also true - a flat wheel on the shorter shaft will give more room for a larger guy, so a 56 wheel in a 57 might be the reason you found what you did...

Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357323 Mon Apr 27 2020 12:04 AM
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Don't think the leftover thing is viable.


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Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357338 Mon Apr 27 2020 01:09 AM
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If I remember correctly, when a flat wheel is put on a short shaft your fingers will hit the top of the dash when you turn the wheel...it's real close.

The turn signal bell and lever are also different between flat and dished wheels.

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Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357377 Mon Apr 27 2020 03:26 AM
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To the best of my knowledge all 57 -59's had a dished wheel.
Possibly the whole steering shaft has been changed after an accident or a repair of some kind.
Jim

Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357412 Mon Apr 27 2020 12:29 PM
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I'm putting a dished wheel on my 53 so I can have the turn signal mech. I had to shorten my column 4".


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Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
Door Hits Fender #1357427 Mon Apr 27 2020 02:42 PM
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The shift lever also has a slightly different angle on the 57-59 vs the 55-56.
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Re: 56 and 57 Steering Wheels
mick53 #1357482 Mon Apr 27 2020 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mick53
I'm putting a dished wheel on my 53 so I can have the turn signal mech. I had to shorten my column 4".

You could have used the 55/56 turn signal assembly as it was made for the flat wheel...

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