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Old 06-22-2004, 02:13 PM
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Steering Wheel Adapters Question

My truck has a 1975 Caddilac tilt/tele steering column in it, painted the same color as the dash and body, which is cool ... but I want to change the steering wheel.

I've been looking at some '55 Chevy steering wheels on eBay and thinking how cool they would look ... but I have the problem of finding an adapter that would marry the steering wheel to my column.

Does anyone know anything about this stuff? I know I can buy a LaCarra steering wheel (for example) and get an adapter that will work with the '75 Caddy column, so I'm just wondering if I might find a source somewhere that would outfit me with an adapter for an old Chevy wheel to the '75 Caddy column. Naturally, I figured if ANYONE would know anything, it'd be someone at Hotrodders!

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I don't know Caddys per se but would be totally shocked if that column wasn't the same as any other GM. I have interchanged Pontiac & Chevy columns at will. If that's the case, anything that fits the ubiquitous Chevy will fit yours.
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Old 06-22-2004, 06:10 PM
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Thanks, bro ... that's encouraging.

I sure hope you're right ... some of those '55 steering wheels are just wonderful looking; unused; fresh out of the box!

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Thanks, bro ... that's encouraging.

I sure hope you're right ... some of those '55 steering wheels are just wonderful looking; unused; fresh out of the box!

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Have you priced one of those wheels?

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Old 06-23-2004, 05:25 AM
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Gm changed the columns in 1967. I believe that they changes the diameter of the columns and maybe even the splines. The only reason that I think that is I put a Ididit column in the 57 and wanted to use the original wheel, but it would not fit and the Ididit units are based on the 67 and up GM columns.
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Vince -- Yup ... I've seen the prices; $300+ ... but when something excites me, money becomes meaningless.

EBlack36 -- ... did you investigate the possibilities of an adapter?

I suppose, if I don't see anything else that makes me happy, I could change out the column too.

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More encouragement - I am in the process of adapting my old 8' diameter '53 Chevy pickup steering wheel to a late 70s early 80s model GM tilt column and all I had to do was cut down the back of the Bakelite on the wheel about 5/8". The spline hole and even the horn button hole all fit the newer column perfectly. Photos soon in my journal.
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Ahhhh! Hope is on the horizon!

Thanks, bro'!

I can't wait to see your pics. The more I think about this, the more convinced I become that I simply MUST do this. I love the designs from the 50s and having a 50s steering wheel is definitely gonna charge me up way more than anything else.

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Horvath, Lookie here. Pics in my Journal
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Cool -- thanks, man.

I was told today that the '55 Chevy Belaire steering wheel would fit on any GM column ... but the fact that I have a telescopic column blows it.

So I guess I'll just go to a scrap yard and get another column ... simple enough.


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I'd guess there's a fairly good chance it would fit. Get the steering wheel and give it a shot.

Reason I say is...

I have a 57 chevy truck. While at a yard sale I bought a steering wheel for my son, it was one of the after-market rubber-surround chrome innards type of deal.

Just for fun I seen if it would fit on the 57 and it did. I took it back off and welded it to my kids' swing set so he can pretend he's driving...which he doesn't, he just gets in the truck and spins that wheel instead.
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Cool -- thanks, man.

I was told today that the '55 Chevy Belaire steering wheel would fit on any GM column ... but the fact that I have a telescopic column blows it.

So I guess I'll just go to a scrap yard and get another column ... simple enough.


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Why would the telescoping column be any different than any other one in the wheel mounting department?
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unstable -- HA! That's funny, man. When I was 12 or so, I went to the junk yard and got an old Ford steering wheel ... my Dad helped me mount it on my bike in place of the handle bars -- what fun that was!!!

Willys36 -- I'm not sure what the difference is because I haven't taken the steering wheel off of my column and looked at it yet ... but I was talking with my mechanic about it today, and he said the tele made some kind of difference.

I need to know more about the connections that need to be made ... how does a 55 Chevy steering wheel mount? What are the concerns? Bolt patterns? Depth? If I knew more (hands on wise) I'd have a better idea.

Maybe I'll take my steering wheel off this weekend and see what's going on under there.

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Go look at the column shaft detail in the photos on my Journal. If yours looks like that, then my guess is that the wheels on a '56 mount exactly like the wheels on a '53 and on 70s/80s cars. Can't imagine why a telescoping column would mount a wheel any differently than all the rest of GMs over a 50 year period, but then it wouldn't be the first time a car manufacturer did seemingly stupid things.
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Thanks ... I've downloaded and printed out your pics for referrence. I'm gonna remove my steering wheel this weekend and see what's up ... then I'll post here and let you know -- I'll include pics of my tele setup too.

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