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1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: June 22, 2022 02:54PM

While digging out some parts this afternoon I came across what I believe is a 1965-66 Wood Steering Wheel and deep hub. I don't know if it is for a telescopic steering wheel or not. I believe that this was a take-off because there are a few light scratches on one spot and a mar on the black hub. If you have an interest in this wheel please post to this thread. I will consider offers that are reasonable for a valuable part like this. No bottom feeders, please. Junk

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Woodstock CT... Located on the Connecticut / Massachusetts border, approximately 6 miles from the center of Southbridge MA. About 45 minutes from Hartford CT. 1 1/2 hours West of Boston MA. Woodstock CT to Los Angeles CA 2,937.1 miles. 1 Mile as the crow flies to Big Bird's nest.

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Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: jfreez ()
Date: June 22, 2022 03:04PM

I am interested, but I honestly don't know the value. If you have a ballpark figure in mind, PM me and we can see if we are on the same page.
Thanks

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: KenHenry ()
Date: June 22, 2022 03:53PM

Me too, I’m looking for a wood wheel for my 65 (non tele) as you know. Unfortunately I lack experience to assign a value… Ken

Ken Henry, Rochester, NY USA
1965 Corvair Corsa
140 hp, 4 speed

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: June 22, 2022 05:26PM

The same woodish, plastic wheel two-spoke, was used on the 64 Wood option, the 65-66 "Sport wheel" option, the 65 tele columns and on most of the 1966 tele columns. On the 64 and on the tele columns, the wheel was riveted on. It was screwed down on the 64, and on the tele-columns. There are aftermarket wheels and hubs, which approximate the OEM parts. Slightly different diameters and depths are available.

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site: [www.perfvair.com]

Located in lovely San Jose, California

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: 63ConDan ()
Date: June 22, 2022 05:53PM

here is some food for though on a price for this:

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Dan Central MN
1968 Convert

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: June 22, 2022 08:54PM

I am away until after July 4th, so when I get back I hope to get back to this. I am running the 2022 International Meet for our car club, and don't have any time to devote to parts until it is over. It is a difficult job to be the Meet Head (pun intended) Paul

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Woodstock CT... Located on the Connecticut / Massachusetts border, approximately 6 miles from the center of Southbridge MA. About 45 minutes from Hartford CT. 1 1/2 hours West of Boston MA. Woodstock CT to Los Angeles CA 2,937.1 miles. 1 Mile as the crow flies to Big Bird's nest.

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: KenHenry ()
Date: June 23, 2022 04:43AM

Too bad Paul, I will be visiting my dad in CT July 2-6 and could pay w cash/pick up w out shipping. Send me a PM if there is some way…

Do we know yet if this fits a 65 non tele column? I think I see rivets (??) but am unsure what that means after reading Seth’s post. Ken

Ken Henry, Rochester, NY USA
1965 Corvair Corsa
140 hp, 4 speed

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: NMCarNut ()
Date: June 23, 2022 05:46AM

Of this style "wood" wheel, the 65-66 Corvair non-tele column is the only Chevrolet with the long adapter so that is almost certainly what it is.
It is also rivited to the adapter, the 64 and 65-66 tele columns both have the wheel attached with screws.

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: June 23, 2022 06:32AM

That wheel is a 65-66 Non Tele Wheel assembly. Tele wheels are held by tapered stainless steel screws to a cast metal hug. This is held to the extension with tapered rivets.

Marco
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Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: KenHenry ()
Date: June 23, 2022 06:53AM

Thanks for clarifying what it is, Marco and NMCarNutthumbs up

Ken Henry, Rochester, NY USA
1965 Corvair Corsa
140 hp, 4 speed

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: NMCarNut ()
Date: June 23, 2022 08:01AM

And so you know, the other different parts you will need to convert to a wood wheel are the horn button and horn mounting plate. The horn contact in your original wheel should work. If you can not find original, repop buttons and plates are available at least from Clark's.

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Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: KenHenry ()
Date: June 23, 2022 08:18AM

Excellent information, thanks!!

Ken Henry, Rochester, NY USA
1965 Corvair Corsa
140 hp, 4 speed

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: June 23, 2022 09:42AM

My 65 Monza, used for Concourse competition, I acquired this accessory wheel assembly. I was able to change the wheel to a excellent un-cracked wheel by drilling out the rivets and reassembling it with tapered fasteners. It's a nice option that's not seen as often as the tele wheel assembly.
Nice!

Corventure Dave

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: June 23, 2022 10:38AM

63ConDan Wrote:
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> here is some food for though on a price for this:
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All great....except if this is an OEM wheel, the quality level is 200% better than the repops.

I've had 2 different repros....both are not great. The outer chrome ring just fell off my OPGI...

Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: June 23, 2022 01:42PM

I apologize for this incorrect sentence in my note. (No wonder for the confusion)

I wrote: "On the 64 and on the tele columns, the wheel was riveted on."

That is incorrect. Only the 65-66 wood wheel was, as noted, riveted on. The 64, and on the tele columns had it screwed on. The 67 and later 3-spoke wood wheels were also screwed on.

If you have just the 2-spoke wood wheel, you can use my 65-66 adapter to install it. They are set up for the reproduction horn switch and GM horn button. The adapters are available for all years.

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site: [www.perfvair.com]

Located in lovely San Jose, California

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: June 24, 2022 02:37PM

Sold ...... Sold......... Sold...... $1,000!hot smiley

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Woodstock CT... Located on the Connecticut / Massachusetts border, approximately 6 miles from the center of Southbridge MA. About 45 minutes from Hartford CT. 1 1/2 hours West of Boston MA. Woodstock CT to Los Angeles CA 2,937.1 miles. 1 Mile as the crow flies to Big Bird's nest.

Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: June 24, 2022 02:58PM

Way to go Junk

J.O.

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Re: 1965-1966 OEM Wood Steering Wheel
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: June 24, 2022 04:32PM

Another note about the 65-66 Sport Wheel. It is, indeed riveted together. There are three pieces to the assembly, excluding the rivets. The wheel is the top piece. It has 6 tapered holes on a 2.75" pattern. Just under that is the stamped steel outer bell that you see between the wheel and the column. It is painted satin black or steering column color if not black. It has the same hole pattern punched through. Beneath the bell is a fabricated piece that has the mounting splines for the column and the same 2.75" six hole pattern drilled through. The rivets do two things. They clamp the three pieces together but they also align the parts in runout, via the clamping. When the unit is taken apart, it is very hard to re-align them to minimize runout. Since runout of the outer bell results in contact with the column it is painful to hear the scraping noise. Adjusting the runout is hard to do with the fasteners sunken at the bottom of the bell and hard to reach.

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site: [www.perfvair.com]

Located in lovely San Jose, California

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