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Old 08-29-2006, 01:38 PM
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steering wheels of the 60's

A bit before my time and i'm trying to track down the manufacturer of a 60's vintage steering wheel... stainless slotted 3 spoke with overmold hub for emblem.

covico is looking into it but i don't think they were the original manufacturers... so for all of you who were teenagers and older in about 1966 - 67, who were the popular aftermarket producers of wheels at that time?

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What kind of application

You didn't mention a particular car for 66 or 67
as for what we used in the mid sixties I would recommend Grant http://www.grantproducts.com/
Check out the classic section for the vintage stuff
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Try lookin' in magazine adds of the era you are interested in.
Search ebay motors under Vintage ,custom, metal flake etc, steering wheel but, be careful there. The sellers info could be wrong but, you it may give you a start.
What color? what diameter? How deep?
Most of the old wheels were chromed steel. Ski boats from the 60's had some cool wheels too and maybe stainless.
Grager,Empi,Eelco, Superior,are a few on a quick thought.
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this is what i am trying to match.... not off of a car as production... would have come from an aftermarket supplier of the era...
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I think you can salvage this wheel if it's still functional. It looks like you've got a steering wheel that sat outside and got mildewed. Try cleaning the outer ring with Tilex and a degreaser like Fantastik or Formula 409. Then why not dye the outer ring with SEM or put a leather wrap on it? Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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Might work

Dan has a good idea because the wheel does not look too bad.

Here is a new one that may work I have attached the install instructions to look at. Grant Part Number: 967-0
Classic Nostalgia Wheel. Hardwood grip with brushed stainless steel spokes. 15" diameter, 4-1/8" dish.Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $166.19

http://www.grantproducts.com/install...n+Instructions

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Hey 18, That wheel is cool. Is there a center cover or a horn button kind of thing?
What type of column are you usin'?
OOPs I ended up askin' more questions than you did. That isn't helpin' you any.
Being that it is keyed instead of splined I'm still guessin' at a marine wheel.
Scrub it up and use it. Have fun,Smokey
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this wheel is 1967 vintage from Donzi. this was a one year deal and i'm tryiing to find the original source so i can attempt to have a couple of them reproduced for myself and a few other friends with these boats. they need to be EXACT reproductions or very very close to it... the shaft is a 3/4 taper with single keyway.

there is a center cap that is retained by a garter ring, just snaps into the center.

1964 to 67 and post 67 Covico supplied the wheels for the small donzi's up through about 1988 or so. these stainless wheels and hubs are still available from Rex Marine in California... no issues there... but this 67 wheel is very very unique.

the grip area is hard plastic and the plastic in the center is overmolded... the wheel in the photos is pretty fragile and though it could be cleaned up i wouldn't put it back into service for fear of fracturing... seriously.

Covico has offered to reproduce these for us with their current foam style grip if i supply them with a blueprint and the price isn't all that bad... but i have not quite given up on trying to find the source for the originals...

my thinking is... that in mid 1966 Donzi was sold to Teleflex... the original owner (Don Aronow) stayed on board until about december 66... Teleflex at the time was a large company with big capital and they decided to embellish a bit... this wheel would have most likely come from an aftermarket supplier of steering wheels, most likely a large name at the time. At the moment i have not been able to find any trademarks or supplier names anywhere on the wheel.

just another one of these needles in a haystack, and we thought restoring cars was difficult...

Thanks for all of the help

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Ah ha it is a boat. Why didn't you say that in the beginin' instead of makin' me think so hard? Ha ha
There is a guy here in Pennsylvania that restores steering wheels.Garys steering wheel repair. http://www.dealsonwheels.com/parts/garys/ I know folks that have dealt with him and have seen his stuff. It is nice.
Good luck with your project, Smokey
ps. I think that foam wheels suck. Stay with the hard stuff.
But,"whatever floats your boat". that was lame but, I had to say it...
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to clean it....

Ive tried grease lightning on wheels that were mildewed before and im almost possitive that there wheel well come clean with a little tlc....that sure would look nice in a retro rod...lol
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Superior Industries also marketed a similar wheel
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