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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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The steeging wheel I just pulled off the car has the center bow tie piece just like the N34 wood grain wheels as well as the 3 spokes, but it is cushioned vinyl, not woodgrain. Is this a GM piece from a Nova or Chevelle or an aftermarket wheel. It looks GM, but I can't find any type of identification on it. The mounting pieces are identical to the woodgrain setup so I think it's a GM wheel. Thanks.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 07:45 AM
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Sounds like a GM cushion-grip sport wheel. I have one on my '69.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Is it on option for the 69's or an over the counter item? I see a reproduction of it in the Classice Industries catalog. I like the wheel and if it was an option, then I'm gonna keep it.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 12:12 PM
 
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Jeff, I believe its the same as the optional NK1 wheel used on 70 Chevelles. I have one on my LS6. It was likely available on other car too.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 00, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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OK, the wheel is 15" diameter and is black vinyl cushioned with the 3 brushed aluminum spokes like the wood wheels. There is a groove molded into the vinyl on the inner circumference where the flat spokes intercept the wheel. I've heard that the NK1 was listed as an option, but no records of any being sold. It could also be a Corvette wheel? Anybody got pictures to compare?
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Jeff, just measured the one in my '70 Chevelle and it's 15" also. I'm pretty certain it's original but not 100%. My car did come with the optional NK1 wheel.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 00, 12:33 PM
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Jeff:
I bought the same steering wheel for my 69 conv., because i like the look and size, etc.
Also, the repro wood wheel was not up to snuff and origs. are $$$. I did read somewhere that there was a cushion grip wheel available for Camaros - a rare option (forgot where i read it). I havent been able to find any solid documentation of this, but i like the wheel nontheless.....
Let me know if you find out info on it......
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 00, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, the sport steering wheel was offered as RPO NK1 starting in March of 69. There are no records of it ever being factory installed, but since it was offered, it should count as "original" or "correct" for the application.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 00, 04:45 PM
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Agree, it showed up on some paperwork, but it was apparently never released for production. If you show the car, you will get dinged for it. But it is a nice wheel and it's your car.
Just don't dip the body.

I'll bet the code on the firewall is 72. Pretty common to see the paint code or BBLU (bright blue) or such there.

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