: I scored a "MINT" Rosewood Wheel Today!
Oct 19th, 04, 04:59 PM
I have to say thanks to my good buddy (RSZMJT) for lining me up with a totally MINT early take off Rosewood wheel earlier today. This is a late addition piece for my recent resto and is worthy of any high dollar show car. The color is rich and flawless, and the wheel is totally defect and flaw free. No cracks, no marks, no nothing.
Here are a few pictures before I get it mounted. Thanks a ton Mike! I love it!
Oct 19th, 04, 05:33 PM
Oct 20th, 04, 08:31 AM
Congrats! What did it set you back Graeme?
Oct 20th, 04, 10:28 AM
A G Note Canadian or about 816.00 USD. Great deal for a wheel this nice.
Oct 20th, 04, 02:33 PM
If I put that beauty on my car I would have to install a giant "Club" to the body in order to protect the wheel from being stolen!
Oct 20th, 04, 03:41 PM
Man, I love those wheels. That is a great looking example! Good buy!
Oct 20th, 04, 03:46 PM
Are you sure you want to install that... I suggest keeping it in storage, and drive with your "daily driver" wheel. LOL.
Oct 20th, 04, 04:23 PM
That's in fantastic condition, congrats!
Oct 20th, 04, 08:52 PM
I have a question... are rosewood wheels harder on your hands when you drive than a regular wheel?
Oct 21st, 04, 03:03 AM
Harder on your hands...No. Harder on your wallet...Yes!
Oct 21st, 04, 04:49 AM
Where is the pic of your son holding that wheel now Graeme? smile.gif
Oct 21st, 04, 09:09 AM
You could of had this one WOW!! graemlins/hurray.gif
No its not mine
[ 10-21-2004, 01:17 PM: Message edited by: Mr. C ]
Oct 21st, 04, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by click:
Where is the pic of your son holding that wheel now Graeme? smile.gif Thats not a bad idea at all Jim. I just might have to try that shot after work tonight. If not, I will try and take some on the weekend. Maybe some in the new seats sitting behind the wheel.
Oct 21st, 04, 10:51 AM
Wow! that is soooooo nice congrats
Oct 21st, 04, 07:11 PM
very nice....how good are the repo rosewood wheels?
Oct 22nd, 04, 08:21 AM
The repops are nowhere near as nice and cannot come close to comparing with the originals. World apart when you look at one. I know a guy with a shop here that put a repop rosewood wheel in his showcase last year. When he pulled it out in the summer 2004, it was cracked in 3 places just from sitting in the display case. How good is that?
Oct 22nd, 04, 08:34 AM
Back to that E-bay add. Am I wrong, or are their 2 wheels being shown? The first pic shows a shallow dish wheel and the second pic shows a deep dish wheel. They both look like walnut wheels to me. Any one else?
Oct 22nd, 04, 08:37 AM
Originally posted by restoman:
Back to that E-bay add. Am I wrong, or are their 2 wheels being shown? The first pic shows a shallow dish wheel and the second pic shows a deep dish wheel. They both look like walnut wheels to me. Any one else? He said it was a camera angle thing, and they are the same 1969 wheel.
Oct 22nd, 04, 11:16 AM
I spoke to Wendi about that wheel she has listed on eBay. She assured me that it is in fact a Rosewood and has the correct depth of spokes. A buddy and I measured a rosewood versus a walnut wheel the other night and here is what can be said.
A rosewood wheel is 2-3/4" Deep while the Walnut is 4-1/4" deel when measured from the face of the wheel when lying face down and up through the center of the wheel. I emailed her and asked her to check it as the picture looks deep. She assured me that it was not a deep spoke and said it was just the way the picture looks. I then looked at some pictures of mine where it was upside down and it looked like hers does.
Just a false illusion of depth I suppose. ANyways, thats quite some asking price for a buy it now. If it goes near there I'd be surprised and figure it might bring 15 to 18 hundred when it ends. I am sure the wheel I bought is as nice as her NOS wheel is.
Oct 22nd, 04, 12:59 PM
That walnut might be out of a fullsize car. I have a 68 walnut that I pulled out of a fullsize and it is the same as yours. I think the camaro walnut is the same depth as the rosewood.
Oct 22nd, 04, 04:03 PM
The 67/68 Camaro Walnut Wheel, is the same depth as a 68 Full size car, in fact it has the same part number. They DO measure 4&1/4".
The 69 steering wheels measure 2&3/4", whether it is a Rosewood or a Cushion Rim. They are the same depth for Chevelles and Fat Cars.
When GM introduced the Locking Steering column, they made the Wheel shallower.
The 67 Corvette Wheel is also the same as the 67/68 Camaro/ Impala etc.
65/66 Corvette wheels also have this 4&1/4" depth also, but are very unique in that the bottom spoke does not go behind the other 2 spokes, and they take a unique hub.
Interesting also that i have seen some 69 shallow depth walnut wheels in Camaro,s, although i think they originaly came in Fat Cars.
Hope this helps.
Oct 22nd, 04, 04:15 PM
The wheel you have as RSZMJT states could in fact be a 69 Walnut out of a Big Fat car. The 68's were all deep spoke. Good info Mike. Thanks!
Oct 22nd, 04, 05:32 PM
My walnut wheel is definately out of a 68 Impala. I pulled it. It is the deeper version. I got it for my car and when I put it on, it felt like I was driving a bus! It just didnt have the right feel to it. I just always thought that early 69 Camaro walnuts were the shallow variety, but I could be wrong and maybe there is only one version.
Oct 22nd, 04, 07:14 PM
My 68 Walnut does measure 4 1/4" to the main center hub - you guys had me scared so I had to run and measure it :eek: always thought it was original.
Oct 24th, 04, 02:40 AM
My 69 Early Walnut wheel is 2&3/4, It didn't come with the car but I bought it and restored it that way. I've seen an original 69 LA Z/28 about 1 week later than mine that had a Walnut wheel it was a 11A car I believe. My car nis a 10E
Oct 24th, 04, 05:24 AM
As mentioned above, there were Walnut wheels in 69, and they were shallow. These were found on the big cars such as Impala's. What was eluded to above is the fact that the 68 wheels were deep spoke and the 69 wheels were shallow. This was because the 69 models added a column mounted lock cylinder therefore increasing the overall length of column. Thats when GM decided to make the wheels shallower and they were reduced in depth to 2-3/4".
Oct 24th, 04, 10:27 AM
My understanding is that the early '69 Camaros used a walnut steering wheel when RPO N34 was ordered. Also, cars were built with an obvious mismatch between the wheel and dash/console trim prior to the introduction of the Rosewood wheel in late December '68. Same sort of situation as the "short" ('68) rear spoiler usage. Would really like to know for sure as I wanted to put a walnut wheel in my car (10A LOS).
Oct 26th, 04, 02:27 PM
Am I ever glad my car came with one!! I'd use a pair of vice grips on the stub before I would pay that kind of money for a steering wheel.