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MustangDude
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posted 08-22-2002 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangDude   Click Here to Email MustangDude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there! I'm new to this board. I've been playing around with old mustangs for years and I'm in the middle of my second venture into a full restoration.

I have a 65 coupe that currently has a standard steering wheel and I would like to install a woodgrain wheel. Does anyone know what is involved with this? I've also noticed that there are now repo woodgrain steering wheels out there. Are they any good?

Thanks for any replies!

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-22-2002 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Counting a new repo wheel and related parts, the entire setup would be around $550. See the NPD catalog on page 58. As to whether they are any good, the local Mustang guy says that they were recalled. Don't know the particulars.

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-22-2002 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grant Products makes a pretty nice woodgrain wheel. Wheel and install kit will run you less than $150. You can order them from just about any auto parts store that carries Grant wheels.

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bibbs68
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posted 08-22-2002 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MustangDude,
I installed the above wheel on my '68 with no trouble at all it took about 40 minutes. Some individuals have had trouble with this horn shorting out. I think they have fixed that as my kit came with a few parts that the older kits didn't have.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-22-2002 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 69 Sportsroof:
Grant Products makes a pretty nice woodgrain wheel. Wheel and install kit will run you less than $150. You can order them from just about any auto parts store that carries Grant wheels.

[This message has been edited by 69 Sportsroof (edited 08-22-2002).]


I have a repo one for sale just like this has alittle wear and is missing the horn ring,but has the horn button.

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MustangDude
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posted 08-22-2002 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangDude   Click Here to Email MustangDude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the replies!

Is this steering wheel the "correct" wheel that came with the pony interior cars? I've seen two type of the woodgrain steering wheel - one looks like the original and one is a repo of the original.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-22-2002 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The repo of the original is the expensive one. It would be the CORRECT way to be orig. if you wanted to be orig. That is the STRAIGHT scoop. I look at those Grunts and say nice fake wheel. LOL! Oh yeah....how's your honker working. (getting ready to dodge the flack) LMAO!

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Fastymz
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posted 08-22-2002 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mellowyellow:
The repo of the original is the expensive one. It would be the CORRECT way to be orig. if you wanted to be orig. That is the STRAIGHT scoop. I look at those Grunts and say nice fake wheel. LOL! Oh yeah....how's your honker working. (getting ready to dodge the flack) LMAO!

Pete,my honker is not what it once was.

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MustangDude
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posted 08-25-2002 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangDude   Click Here to Email MustangDude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for rescuing us 66MustangGTCoupe289!

Actually, I'm really trying to find out all the pieces I'll need to convert to that steering wheel. I think with all the $$ involved with this, the white standard one I have now is looking better and better.

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-25-2002 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like my grant just fine. I paid $80 I believe including the horn/installation kit, but that was wholesale. The horn button popped off a couple times when it was new, but I haven't had any problems at all since then. IMO, I can think of A LOT of things I would rather spend the extra $400+ I saved over factory stuff on than having an "original" or correct reproduction wheel. Unless you're doing a concours car, whoopty-friggin-do.

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Neal

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Fastymz
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posted 08-25-2002 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 66MustangGTCoupe289:
some of us want quality original cars wesson


I think Neal was saying it would be better to have your car up and running, before you spend alot of money for a steering wheel.

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-25-2002 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 66MustangGTCoupe289:
some of us want quality original cars wesson


Well, if you want original then let's not forget about the FoMoCo spark plug wires and Ford script headlights and an Autolite battery and redline tires etc, etc... Using an aftermarket steering wheel is no different than using aftermarket wires and lights and batteries and tires.

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MustangDude
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posted 08-25-2002 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangDude   Click Here to Email MustangDude     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, I want the original style woodgrain because I really like the look of the pony interior. I'm not really big into the originality factor...just want to build what I like. Now, I'm not sure if that is worth $550 though.

I did put one of those $100 woodgrain wheels on my sister's '66 a while back and all I can remember is sparks flying out every time she used the horn. I just told her to keep anything flamable away from it if she planned on honking.

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-25-2002 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
66MustangGTCoupe289,
Thus my disclaimer about concours cars. Besides, not to be nit-picky, but if you truly had an original car, it would not be driveable and you would not be looking for a new steering wheel. A stock car maybe, but not original. As soon as you change even one part (such as the oil filter for one), it's not original. I seem to also remember you originating a thread about getting better performance out of your car. If you change even one thing, bye bye to your so-called originality. Your response to my comment was totally uncalled for.

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Neal

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MrWesson22
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posted 08-25-2002 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to apologize for my post earlier tonight. I broke up with my fiance today, and I didn't mean to take it out on you.

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Neal

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PONYMAN
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posted 08-26-2002 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MR Wesson 22, I don't think you need to apologize for anything. The comment was TOTALLY uncalled for. Different people have different ideas of where and how to spend money on our cars. Also some have more moeny than others to spend. I have a very original 72 Mach 1 and it has the Grant wheel on it. Why? Because it came in a smaller diameter than the original, and it doesn't rub my legs as I turn the wheel. We are all here to help each other, not to BASH others for doing as they want with their cars. By the way, my horn button also popped off a couple of times. I put three dabs of silicone on the attaching points the last time and it hasn't come off since.

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