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#1450469 Tue May 03 2022 11:29 PM
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Leon Offline OP
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Buy it when you see it. I relearned that lesson this last weekend. I was at the Pate Swap Meet in Fort Worth and found a vendor who had a 15" reproduction of the 49-53 steering wheel. It was late, I was tired, and my space was on the other side of the meet. I didn't want to carry it around while I finished shopping. I decided to come back next morning. I got there at 10:15, just in time to see some dude walking off with the last two the vendor had. The vendor didn't think he would get them again, as he had bought the last six from a distributor who had discontinued them. So, if you've made it through my whining, here's my question.
Does anyone know where these came from?
Has anyone else seen them?
Do you know of any vendors who have them?

Tangent -- back when I worked in industry, I was chided that we were supposed to call them "suppliers", because vendors were the guys who sold hot dogs at the ball park. So apologize to anyone who takes offense -- none intended.

regards,
Leon

Leon #1450471 Tue May 03 2022 11:42 PM
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We call them vendors again because suppliers are the guys who sell you drugs.
The steering wheels where large for a reason. Leverage.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
"We have no time for comment, every man will make his own. LET IT BE MADE WITH POWDER AND BALL!!!"
I recommend invoking MIL-T-FP41c when machining and fabricating
I used to think beer was bad for me, so I gave up thinking.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


Leon #1450509 Wed May 04 2022 05:23 AM
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Then power steering is added, then later it is realized, the 18" original steering wheel is now too big.
There are 15" steering wheels that will fit but they don't look like a 49-53 truck wheel.
Reducing the size of a stock wheel is possible but it requires a fair amount of manual work so only a few go this route.
There is one company that reduces and recasts to a result that looks brand new. Labor costs are high.

https://www.motortrend.com/how-to/1208cct-reclaiming-stock-steering-wheel
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/showthread.php?t=457422
https://qualityrestorations.com/chevyreduced-diameter/


"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
Leon #1450688 Thu May 05 2022 03:00 PM
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Keep the big steering wheel. It adds to the 'cool factor'. Thats one of the first things people notice when they sit in the truck.

Mark

Leon #1450758 Fri May 06 2022 12:42 AM
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Curmudgeon
It's not cool if you have short legs and round belly. The steering wheel gets in the way. Big grin.


"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
Leon #1450780 Fri May 06 2022 02:31 AM
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Personal problems belong in the Greasy Spoon forum. smile smile smile
(Being 2-3 biscuits shy of steering wheel interference, I feel quite confident in this recommendation. I may retract this statement by Sunday however, since now I'm hungry for biscuits.)

52Carl #1450796 Fri May 06 2022 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
Personal problems belong in the Greasy Spoon forum. smile smile smile
(Being 2-3 biscuits shy of steering wheel interference, I feel quite confident in this recommendation. I may retract this statement by Sunday however, since now I'm hungry for biscuits.)

Is this a mealy joke?


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
"We have no time for comment, every man will make his own. LET IT BE MADE WITH POWDER AND BALL!!!"
I recommend invoking MIL-T-FP41c when machining and fabricating
I used to think beer was bad for me, so I gave up thinking.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


Leon #1450854 Fri May 06 2022 05:39 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
Did someone say "Biscuit"?

A friend of mine made a small steering wheel for his 50' Coupe, he used 3 steering wheels altogether to get correct scale. A lot of work although it looked great.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Fri May 06 2022 05:42 PM.

Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
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Leon #1454265 Tue Jun 07 2022 01:15 AM
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Leon To bad you missed that wheel,as I recall my first build in 67 I shortened the column and used a smaller custom wheel. Now my daily driver is a 51 6400 which steers much better with the addition of corn head grease,of course in 67 was much stouter and rarin to truck !! Think 6400 most be 17 inch wheel.


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