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Steve

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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2009, 07:48:55 PM »

Well?
 
Do I have a plastic welder?
 
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2009, 07:51:26 PM »

I have one too....but I would have to grind all of the epoxy out.....Hey Stan...can Steve have yer wheel? It's a better start than his!

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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2009, 05:00:48 AM »


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I have one too....but I would have to grind all of the epoxy out.....Hey Stan...can Steve have yer wheel? It's a better start than his!
After seeing the wheel from Brad's NOS for 500 bucks (sighhhhh,,,,,,,,) I took a die grinder to mine to do my own resto on it.  Maybe exchange the ten-footer for a five-footer....

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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2009, 07:35:22 AM »


Offer that guy what you think it's worth.... no one is putting $500 wheels on those cars....tell him that. No one is putting $500 wheels on Roadrunners or GTX's either.....repro wheels for those are about $269 and that is high! These sellers are either going to see the light or hang on to their stuff all through this recession and into the beyond with pie-in-the-sky pricing like that...

To paraphrase Red Green..."no one is going to put a $500 steering wheel on a car you can replace for $400!

well, I've seen them out there around that....your value may vary....
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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2009, 09:32:34 AM »


Mine's a Collector's series not the 4 spoke Challenger one.    Mines 155.00 at Summit now!  A lot of the Nicer wheels are 250.00 & up it seems from Grant now.

I actually have that Adapter for a Grant to a tilt column here.    A buddy took it off his car for a new wheel & brought it over for us to use forgetting he had a tilt & we don't.

I agree with ya about keeping the original wheel,   Just looks right in a Formal.    I'll do the same with the 70 SF ( when I get around to it ) since it has a Tilt also.
Repair that is,  not replace.

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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2009, 11:06:44 AM »

If you, or anyone, do go with a Grant, be prepared to be dissapointed in their mounting hardware.  I have a Grant on my '70 Newport, but I used a Ford cover plate for the column.  The one Grant recommends for my car is way too small!  Plus, I have NEVER installed a Grant wheel and hardware and have the horn still work.  I've always had to install a seperate horn button - my '70, my old '61 Bug, my Uncle's '62 Falcon, and my Dad's '49 Chevy pickup.  None of the horn buttons worked!
 
Finally, that one wheel pictured is over 14 1/2" which is good, but I would not use anything less that 15" diameter.  I did not realize how large my interior was until I installed a 13.5" wheel and it looked like a toy!  If you do go aftermarket I'd recommend a 15" or larger wheel.
 
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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2009, 12:02:05 PM »




There are some nice looking aftermarket wheel for trucks (Freightliner, Kenworth) available that will look right at home in our cars.  Available up to 18".  Nothing looks more stupid than a 17" wheel from an earlier era being replaced by a 14" Momo wheel.  Yuck!



This time around, I'm filling the huge gaps with conventional 2-part epoxy dough and then conture it with this this stuff from a marine supply store.  We'll see if it doesn't solve the cracking problem.



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« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2009, 05:25:51 PM »




Quote from: stitcherbob
Offer that guy what you think it's worth.... no one is putting $500 wheels on those cars....tell him that. No one is putting $500 wheels on Roadrunners or GTX's either.....repro wheels for those are about $269 and that is high! These sellers are either going to see the light or hang on to their stuff all through this recession and into the beyond with pie-in-the-sky pricing like that...
To paraphrase Red Green..."no one is going to put a $500 steering wheel on a car you can replace for $400!
well, I've seen them out there around that....your value may vary....

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Is there any flexibility on the pricing?
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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2009, 06:27:31 PM »


You forgot to call him a farging bastage!
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2009, 03:48:26 AM »

I  don't like to burn bridges. 

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« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2009, 11:24:21 AM »






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You forgot to call him a farging bastage!

NOW I can call him a farging bastage!

HIS ($480.00):




MINE ($25.00):






BEFORE:


A cupla clear coats and it will look even better.

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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2009, 05:10:40 AM »

Impressive work Stan - now if it will only hold up to thermal expansion
and shrinkage in that hot FL sun.... My 80 Saint has the exact same
hard shiny plastic wheel with the wood stripe around the circumference,
and it is also plagued by several large cracks. But they also made a
wheel for some less fancy models with a soft almost rubber-like
compound that never cracks. It did feel kind of sticky at times which
was annoying, but never seemed to deteriorate - it was on my '77 Gran
Fury and '79 Newport.  Looked about the same shape but with the
soft compound used instead of the hard shiny plastic, and did not have
the fake wood trim in the rim.  

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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2009, 05:14:24 AM »


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But they also made a
wheel for some less fancy models with a soft almost rubber-like
compound that never cracks.   
I searched high and low for those.  Couldn't find any for the telescoping column.

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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2009, 05:10:08 AM »

Stan - I don't know why but my compy doesn't display your last
response...?  Time to retire this ancient 7 yr old Mac I guess,
it's getting picky about what is does anymore.



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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2009, 06:42:07 AM »


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Quote from: firedome
But they also made a
wheel for some less fancy models with a soft almost rubber-like
compound that never cracks.   
I searched high and low for those.  Couldn't find any for the telescoping column.
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