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Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: April 02, 2022 05:58AM

I’ve got a 1964 Rampside. The interior is fawn and white and I have the original steering wheel. The steering wheel is functional but not in great shape. My efforts to find a newer steering wheel have not turned up successful options.

What steering wheels have others used that look sharp and fit the feel of the cab in a Rampside. I’m not looking for a resto groove. I want a solid, classic, 1964 Rampside vibe.

Thanks in advance!

Eido Walny
(Just north of) Milwaukee, WI
1964 Corvair 95 Rampside
1927 Tudor Model T

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: April 02, 2022 08:31AM

There are companies that can restore your original steering wheel to like new condition.

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: April 02, 2022 09:40AM

I found one place in CA but they wanted a fortune. Any referrals would be appreciated. I’m in Milwaukee.

Eido Walny
(Just north of) Milwaukee, WI
1964 Corvair 95 Rampside
1927 Tudor Model T

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Date: April 02, 2022 10:41AM

Eido,
I installed an Early Model Monza wheel in my 1963 Greenbrier.



Also, if you search these words "restore your original classic plastic steering wheel" it returns many resources to restore your wheel yourself, but also you'll find several guys that provide the service.


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 Corsa 140 Coupe ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Convertible Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza Spyder Convertible ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 CoupeEvening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: April 02, 2022 02:21PM

That Monza wheel fits your can nicely, Dan. I’ve heard the Monza wheels would fit an FC bit the once’s I’ve seen available all look too recessed/deep for the small cab. I’ve been nervous to buy one.

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: April 02, 2022 02:58PM

Eido Wrote:
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> I found one place in CA but they wanted a fortune. Any referrals would be appreciated. I’m in Milwaukee.

I recently restored one for my son-in-law's '66 GTO. It had 14 large cracks and two 1/2" chunks missing. I finished it in base/clear black and it was far more work than you would imagine because of the contours. I wouldnt do it again, even for a friend, for less than $500 plus materials.

Dan Brizendine, Circle City Corvairs
'64 8 door Greenbrier, +.060, stroked 1/4", 186 ci.140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: April 02, 2022 11:05PM

Seth Emerson here has adapters.
I installed the Corvair fake wood steering wheel in both of my FC's.
One is a 62, the other a 64.
I used original full size Chevrolet sport wheel adapters. The 62 I
installed the 65-66 signal switch assembly and cone. That's another
tech article.
I would post a picture, but I'm still trying to figure out how to
do that with this ChromeBook lap-top.
There are however photo's in my "Dainers Rampside project post found here.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: April 03, 2022 12:25PM

OK. I'm learning. Let's see if this works!confused smiley
I pulled this picture from one of my previous posts.
It's already compressed to fit this format.
This is the Corvair Sport steering wheel that I adapted
to my 1964 Greenbrier back in the 1980's..
Others here have also done this.
It's a nice option to the Stock wheel.

Corventure Dave

Yay. It did!smiling bouncing smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/03/2022 12:26PM by corventure Dave.

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: April 03, 2022 02:11PM

To each his own but dished steering wheel on a FC feels funny to me.

I had a can of gray textured Rustoleum on the shelf so I painted my Van steering wheel with that. I had to do something because I sandblasted it and there was rubber underneath which would have stained my kit gloves. The sand texture provides a nice feeling grip. I wish I would have done the spokes and center with something else to match the Van colors though.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: April 03, 2022 03:52PM

I had a wheel restored, and it came out beautiful. Problem is that the paint is so thick that when the seat belt buckle touched the wheel, it chipped it. It was a waste of money. I will do it myself next time.

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: April 09, 2022 05:00AM

So am I 100% better off trying to restore what I have than find a replacement? That’s the sense I’m getting.

Eido Walny
(Just north of) Milwaukee, WI
1964 Corvair 95 Rampside
1927 Tudor Model T

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: May 08, 2022 10:24AM

Working on my truck today and I’m really unhappy with the state of my steering wheel. Anyone have a spare steering wheel in fairly good condition that would fit my 64 Rampy?

Eido Walny
(Just north of) Milwaukee, WI
1964 Corvair 95 Rampside
1927 Tudor Model T

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Re: Alternative FC steering wheel
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: May 08, 2022 12:32PM

I would give Jeff at the Ranch a call and see if he has anything.

RJ tools
Salem,Oregon

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