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ST2DE5
08-21-2014, 10:21 AM
Went from 19 inches down to 16 inches. With power steering didn't need all that leverage.
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd185/51stude/DSC00060_zps2d4b5424.jpg (http://s220.photobucket.com/user/51stude/media/DSC00060_zps2d4b5424.jpg.html)
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd185/51stude/DSC00061_zpsa24b91f4.jpg (http://s220.photobucket.com/user/51stude/media/DSC00061_zpsa24b91f4.jpg.html)

Chris Pile
08-21-2014, 10:22 AM
You are an awesome possum, Carl!

Roscomacaw
08-21-2014, 10:33 AM
Looks really nice, Carl. I hope you didn't get a citation for parking in a RAM-only parking spot! :ohmy:

studeclunker
08-21-2014, 10:59 AM
VERY nice!:woot: Is that a '56 Commander sedan? Wish my car looked that pretty!:woot:

ST2DE5
08-21-2014, 11:22 AM
56 Parkview

studeclunker
08-21-2014, 11:36 AM
Ah... I was right then. That is to say, the coloured wheel looks even better than I thought it would!:woot: Beautifully done! My car has the black wheel and it's in almost perfect condition. Kinda glad about that as I really don't have the cash to get a new one. However a dark green wheel would look much nicer matching the dash the way yours does. I wonder if mine could be painted? 37225I know the two-tone wheels like the Larks had would be wrong, but it would match the dash...

Interesting how your Car is in the light green two-tone and mine was done in the dark. The medium green/light combination looks softer than the contrast with the dark/light green. Would you be willing to post a side shot?:)

I'll bet it's easier to slide in under that smaller wheel now.:cool:

SN-60
08-21-2014, 12:55 PM
To: ST2DE5....I'm impressed!.....Will you explain just how you accomplished this please?

StudeDave57
08-21-2014, 01:04 PM
To: ST2DE5....I'm impressed!.....Will you explain just how you accomplished this please?

INDEED!!! Please do tell... :!:

And while you are at it- please also explain the other major change I see.
(you know- in that spot where the usually radio goes... ;) )





StudeDave '57 :cool:

ST2DE5
08-21-2014, 01:17 PM
The place for the radio was cut out for a bigger one. Looked like they used a axe. I tried to put metal back in but didn't work so I cut a piece of metal dolled it and welded it in. And the steering wheel first you have to find one from a GM in the 70nds. The inside ring is the same size just lay it out and weld it and fill in the gaps.

ST2DE5
08-21-2014, 01:43 PM
Here is one I done on the 49 truck about 10 years ago. You can't tell to much with the cover but the black wheel makes my hands sweat.
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd185/51stude/008_zps07d8c5d0.jpg (http://s220.photobucket.com/user/51stude/media/008_zps07d8c5d0.jpg.html)

55 56 PREZ 4D
08-21-2014, 03:08 PM
I don't know how to cut and paste to give a website to click on, but if you type in:

www.customclassictrucks.com/1208cct_reclaiming_stock_steering_wheel/bondo_filler.html

It shows a way of modifying a wheel to a smaller diameter.

55 56 PREZ 4D
08-21-2014, 03:14 PM
WELL
That didn't work.
There is a tech article on that site that shows how to modify a stock wheel to a smaller diameter.
"Reclaiming a stock steering wheel-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!"

Nox
08-21-2014, 03:20 PM
I had a pal at work in the late 70's who made me a small whell for my -62 beetle at the time, much work for only a winter-car...

55 56 PREZ 4D
08-21-2014, 03:24 PM
Try:
http://www.customclassictrucks.com/t...teering wheel/

SN-60
08-21-2014, 04:21 PM
I find it interesting that this subject came up, as I've recently been thinking of modifying a 17" diameter '55 C/K wheel in this manner. (possibly reducing its diameter to 15 1/2")

Studedude
08-21-2014, 05:26 PM
As always, impressive craftsmanship, Carl!

I'm gonna have to drive over there and play cars with you some day.

SN-60
08-22-2014, 08:43 AM
The place for the radio was cut out for a bigger one. Looked like they used a axe. I tried to put metal back in but didn't work so I cut a piece of metal dolled it and welded it in. And the steering wheel first you have to find one from a GM in the 70nds. The inside ring is the same size just lay it out and weld it and fill in the gaps.

I get it!....I have an Olds wheel from (I think) a '78 which I'll check out later on today.

52-fan
08-22-2014, 09:15 AM
Carl, are you going to have the wagon in Branson next month? I would love to hear the details.

ST2DE5
08-22-2014, 09:17 AM
I am going to try to take it if I get the air conditioner finished.

Roscomacaw
08-22-2014, 10:31 AM
Some years ago ('bout '99 or so) I bought out the remnants of a dealer's parts stash. On a top shelf was a flat cardboard box. I pulled it down and read the dusty label that said steering wheel. I was anxious to see just which wheel it was and it turned out to be one like this one. It was a tan shade and in perfect shape. I really wanted to keep that wheel just because, but I sold in ebay eventually.

Mike Van Veghten
08-22-2014, 11:25 AM
Even "without" power asist, my wheel is also 16". My 59 Lark 2dr. wagon with a heavy 259 and a heavy cast iron trans., and no power steering (or brakes), I don't need power assisted steering.
The steering assembly just needs to be right and the tires need their full complement of air..! Lube it all as required, I try to get it just before the rains start or around the first of every year, since it never rains in SoCal..!

Little, light weight cars with little skinny front tires...
Yea, if you're female of the 90lb. persuasion, then I can see it. Or have something over an 8" wide tread front tire...then yea, sure.

Of the 4 running Stude's I currently own, none of them are so bad that I need any sort of power assist.

I don't understand...

Mike

52-fan
08-22-2014, 01:06 PM
Looks like we will have to have a parking lot how-to session at Branson. Anyway, it's not like we could keep Carl from telling us. ;) .....:)

SScopelli
08-22-2014, 03:39 PM
It would be nice to do that to a Lark wheel. Unfortunately the horn bar is there and not inclusive if shrunk. it does not look as nice with just a horn button.


http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300054_zps0eb3b049.jpg

RadioRoy
08-23-2014, 05:31 PM
Even "without" power asist, my wheel is also 16". My 59 Lark 2dr. wagon with a heavy 259 and a heavy cast iron trans., and no power steering (or brakes), I don't need power assisted steering.
The steering assembly just needs to be right and the tires need their full complement of air..! Lube it all as required, I try to get it just before the rains start or around the first of every year, since it never rains in SoCal..!

Little, light weight cars with little skinny front tires...
Yea, if you're female of the 90lb. persuasion, then I can see it. Or have something over an 8" wide tread front tire...then yea, sure.

Of the 4 running Stude's I currently own, none of them are so bad that I need any sort of power assist.

I don't understand...

Mike

One component is upper body strength. 40 years ago, I drove my 50 Commander all over the place. Now, it's a nightmare to try and parallel park. It's getting stiffer and I am deteriorating rapidly. Bad combination.