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Putting on new air bag steering wheel on a older steering collumn. I was driving my 2005 mini-van, and I was thinking, "Wouldn't it be sweet to mount this steering wheel with the air bag and the cruise control on it right onto the steering collumn of my 69 Coronet."

Am I on the crack pipe here or is this a good idea? Pretty good quaility steering wheel as far as I can see!
 

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I gonna go ahead and guess that its not possible. Sure anything can be done, but airbag systems are very complicated systems.
 

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That steering wheel would look really out of place inside a car that otherwise has parts from 1969 in it.

I would keep the stock one, it looks cooler.
 

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I think it would be easier to change the whole column. The most critical element would be to install the clock spring at a perfect 90 deg to the column.
 

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Well, I now know you can't put an airbag in a car that never came with an air bag LOL

I may go with the "ricer" steering wheels I have seen on some of the honda boys cars lately- reall nice looking, buttons for cruise control and N20, and good grip for autocrossing. Now I just have to find out who supplies those things!

There are really three things I think the ricer movement has given us
1) cool seats
2) cool steering wheels
3) a whole new look at rim sizes.
 

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CruisingRam said:
There are really three things I think the ricer movement has given us
1) cool seats
Im gonna disagree with you on the seats. I absolutely HATE race style seats. They have there place, but 95% of the time they do not belong in the vehicles I see that have them.
 

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Oh, I meant GOOD things LOL

I think the seats of every brand have tried to givve more lateral support and allow the harness to pass through them- and expanded the market, instead of just a couple of suppliers, there are LOTS:thumbup:
 

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A little off the subjet..... I work in an electrical shop. A F350 came in with some burned wiring. I had the dash out doing repairs,I was putting it back together. I reachined in with may face not more than 3 inches from the steering wheel. Whe I turned the key to cheack to see if things were working. The airbag deployed instantly!! I thought I was dead! I was so close to the wheel that the flap on the center of the wheel smacked me across the face leaving a bloody burn down the center of my face.I couldnt hear anything but ringing.It really sucked bad!What caused the deployment was that the airbag connecter @ the base of the column wasnt marked with the traditional yellow. I got the shift interlock and airback conectors crossed up. soon as key was on boom :drunk: . It was a simple mistake that almost killed me. Airbags are dangerouse!
 

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I wanted steering wheel stereo controls and tilt for my S-10 so I installed a column and wheel from a ’95 Firebird. The Firebird wheel has an air bag that has been disabled and future plans call for building a new centerpiece to replace the air bag. The stereo controls work great, they are wired through an adapter from a company called PAC.
 
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