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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 00, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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I did some parts trading recently with one of my contacts, and got an original wood steering wheel. (Been looking for one for my
69 Z I'm restoring). The wheel looked correct,(I thought), until I compared it to my 70 Chevelle SS Sport wheel. The wood wheel looks to be about 1" larger in dia., and the spokes about 1" deeper. What do I have here? 68 Camaro wood wheel? Corvette? I also thought about buying a repo wheel, but they don't look exactly correct either, to me. Seen a couple on ebay lately, but don't want to sell my house to buy one! Anyone care to shed some light on this subject? Thanks! Peace69Z/28
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 00, 08:12 PM
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Sounds like you may have a wheel out of a fullsize (Impala). I have a 68 Walnut wheel
out of a 68 Impala 396 and it is the same
circumfrence, but the spokes are a bit deeper
than the Camaro Wheel.
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Thanks for the imput Jonesy. Didn't think about the Impala wheel. Just didn't look right on my Z! Have you or anybody else seen the new repo rosewood steering wheel in real life? Does it look near factory correct? I would like to know before I spend hard-earned money on one. I have learned the hard way on some other repo parts. Been trying to find a fair used one for a decent price, but haven't had much luck. Guess I'm living in the past. Just recently witnessed a nice restored one on ebay sell for $610.00. Wooof! That repo wheel keeps looking better all the time. Peace69Z/28
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I am also looking for a nice Rosewood wheel and would settle for a repro if it is very close to an original. I also have seen several "close" factory originals that were
offered on different models. I would also like to hear from somebody who has a repro
Rosewood wheel and can tell me the differences between those and originals.
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The repo wheels are nice. They are a little darker in color than most repos you see but Rosewoods get lighter in color over the years. I have a couple NOS Rosewoods and the color is very similar to the repo. There is a slight diameter difference but nothing you would notice. Buy the Repo and be happy.
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Clill, Was the wood steering wheel an option offered for a 1967 Camaro? If so, does it differ from the repo you talk about for the '69? What parts would I need to convert to the wood wheel from the plastic version (horn button, horn ring)? And lastly, can the wood wheel be used with the tilt steering set-up my car has? Thanks!
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Clill, you just brought up the question I have been looking for the answer to. Is the repo wheel the same size,(dia. & depth), as the origional? I dug up all the info I could, (looked at many pictures in my old books & mags.), and it seems that the 68 wood wheel my be a little larger in dia. and a little deeper. I was hoping the 69 repo would be the same dia. as the origional. I don't like the big dia. wheels, because they give me that "bus-driver" feeling. Can you confirm this? This might help Bob Jenkins also. Thanks! Peace69Z/28 : 69Z/28, 70 Chevelle SS, 90 454 SS pu
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Denver. The 67 -8 Walnut wheel is different than a 69 Rosewood. They are about 1 1/2" deeper than a 69. Different colors also. They make a 67-8 Repo wheel but they are ugly. Both wheels are the same diameter. Peace... The 69 Repo wheel is maybe 1/4" smaller diameter than a orig. Rosewood. I have a Rosewood in my hand and it is right at 16" across.
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Clill, Wow! Now I'm really confused! Let's give it one more round, and I will quit beating this subject to death. I went and measured the "questionable" wood wheel I acquired. It is 16" in dia. & 4" deep. I also measured the sport cushion rim wheel on my 70 Chevelle, & it is 15" dia. & 3" depth.
I thought the correct 69 Camaro Rosewood would be this same size wheel, except for plastic woodgrain around the outside. (Please look at ebay item #247898847 "70 Chevelle cushion grip wheel", and you will see what I'm refering to, as an example. Please tell me what you think. Thanks!! Peace69Z/28
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Peace, The cushion grip wheel is smaller diameter than a Rosewood or a Walnut wood. The 4" deep wheel sounds like a 67-8 Walnut Wheel. My Rosewood is almost 3" deep. Still confused ?
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Ok, you have convinced me. I have the wrong wheel for a 69. I'll know what I'm lookin for now. Thanks for the good info.
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Peace69z28: thanks for the tip about the Chevelle wheel on Ebay. I went ahead and bid on it and won! I have a 69 conv. white/black and thought it would look great. I too, wanted the Rosewood, but will not pay the high prices. The repro looks too new or something for my taste. Anyway, i like the fact that the Chevelle wheel is 15" and that its a somewhat rare item. I read somewhere that the camaros came with a comfort grip too, (very rare?)
Can anyone confirm this??
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I hope you didn't pay too much for that wheel, they are available from several places, and I saw one complete kit on sale for $170 about a month ago. They usually go for $220 complete. There also is a Buick wheel available, it's the same cushion grip style, but doesn't have the finger bumps all the way around the wheel like the Chevelle one. It's also a little thicker. The repo wood wheels are going to have to change alot before I pick up one, unless I get a deal. The Walnut one just looks fake, and the Rosewood looks like a tiger, all orange and striped up.
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mhelman, I would also like to know the answer to that question. I know I read somewhere, (at least twice), over the years that the cushion grip wheel was optional on the 69 Camaro, although all the origional option data I have on the 69 does not confirm
this. And I have quite a bit of info. If that's true, I would be happy with the Chevelle cushion grip wheel I have! I'm pretty "picky" about my 69Z looking "original". And your right about one thing, the 15" wheel sure feels a lot better.
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For what its worth, I just purchased a Grant black 15" cushion grip for my '69 SS. It is very close to the original (the 3 slots are cut a little longer I think). I got it last night and was impressed with the quality, especially considering how cheap they are $60.00 from NPD. Keep in mind that I am not as concerned as some people about originality. I just want something that looks and performs well. Also, I ordered the "SS 350" horn button emblem for a '67 and it fits perfect on the new wheel. It may not be original, but it sure looks good and is unique.
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