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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 01, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to replace my steering wheel in my 69 SS Camaro. Presenly it has a really small race wheel. I have seen in Classic Industries a "Confort Grip" wheel. It looks like a rose wood, but has a larger pad to hang onto. Does anyone have one of these wheels and do you like it. Also I have never driven a Camaro with a Rose wood wheel. What do you think about this style verse the standard wheel. I did drive a Camaro with the imitation rose wood ($90 at Classic). I didn't really like it. It actually had a wooden grip.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 01, 05:42 PM
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I had one laying around the garage for years but never on a car...
it looked nice though, the ring was a blue, soft plastic but the grip wasn’t really
fatter than the fake walnut one I have...
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 01, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Greezer,
The wheel I got now is about a foot in diameter and the ring is really thich and not finger groved. What do you thick of your fake wood wheel.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 01, 03:35 PM
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Wellll it looks nice too...maybe I'll finish the car someday and find out how it feels.....
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 01, 04:01 PM
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I got the fake wood wheel in my 68. it looks nice but it is difficult to get in and out of the car because it is so big. maybe I need a tilt column

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 01, 04:19 PM
 
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I had the classic industrie's repro walnut wheel $249 on my last 67 loved it those look great and drive great one of these year's I will get another , the comfort grip does not feel right cause it has no finger grip's but they both look good

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 01, 04:53 PM
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i have the original GM comfort grip wheel in my '69. It is smaller in diameter than the wood wheel by about an inch.....
I also have a tilt column, which helps
My Comfort Grip Wheel

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 01, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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I already have a tilt wheel. Are the wood/confort grip wheels that much bigger in diameter then the standard steering wheels. I thought I set the two up against each other once at a swap meet and they were the same size.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 01, 02:28 PM
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The comfort grip is smaller diam. (see my post)
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 01, 04:01 AM
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Blk69, I got a wheel from Classic Industries for Christmas that looks like MR69's original wheel pictured in his post, but has a blue horn cap with a chevy emblem in the middle. It was the cheaper one. Is this the one you are talking about? I like it. It doesn't have the finger grips, but I would compare it's feel to the second gen steering wheels.

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 01, 04:31 AM
 
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I have that wheel from Classic on my 67. Before that I had a Grant, Pep Boy's special, like this one a lot better!!!

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I have had both the Rosewood and Comfort grip, the Rosewood is 15in and the comfort grip and standard are 14 in. I like the comfort grip much better than the rosewood. I have had both repo comfort grips and OEM, like the OEM better as they are softer. better grip. just my .02 worth
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 01, 04:26 PM
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I think the Rosewood just looks bigger because of the bigger gaps between the spokes than the regular wheel. My knee was hitting the bottom of the wheel when I pushed the clutch in so I stuck a tilt column in my car. You can't beat the Rosewood wheel for looks. I like the old thin wheels better than the thick ones that are on all new cars today.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 01, 05:11 AM
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Before you buy one from the aftermarket, check the swap meets. The Comfort Grip wheel was installed on late issue 1969 Camaros, and it was also used on various other Chevies. The Monza had the same wheel. I have seen them at the swaps with the hub and screws and the centre cap/horn button, complete in many different colours. If you don't have all the hardware it can get to be a major expense. It will add a stock look to your car. Canadian prices are in the $100 dollar range complete.

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 01, 05:32 AM
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Original N34 wheels in walnut or rosewood are 16" diameter. The Chevrolet press release for the NK1 Cushioned-Rim wheel dated March, 1969 indicates it is 15" in diameter and available only in black. There is a 16" version; don't know where it was used. The '69 version of the wheel has a groove molded into the ID of the rim. Later wheels do not have this feature.
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