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  • Steering: Steering wheel spline difference

    My understanding is that the splines on the steering column are different between pre-and post-56, right? I have a 56 with a ruined wheel, and I want to figure out if a different wheel will work without having to buy one and return (or resell) if it doesn’t fit...
    anybody got a spare steering wheel that’ll work on my Hawk? I was gonna get mine redone by the Shrock guys but it looks like they retired...
    Proud new owner of a 56 Power Hawk!

  • #2
    You are correct. It's not just splines, but it's about shaft diameter.

    Steering wheels from 53 to 56 will work on your 56 Hawk. The C/K wheels are an inch smaller in diameter than the sedan wheels.

    We have had several lengthy discussions on this same subject within the last year.
    Last edited by RadioRoy; 01-29-2021, 01:06 PM.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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    • #3
      The '57 to '60 Steering Wheels have the "Deep Safety Center", so if they were adapted to Fit a '53 to '56, the Wheel would be too close to the Driver without shortening the Steering Gear Shaft.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner
      SDC Member Since 1967

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      • #4
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        The '57 to '60 Steering Wheels have the "Deep Safety Center", so if they were adapted to Fit a '53 to '56, the Wheel would be too close to the Driver without shortening the Steering Gear Shaft.
        57 to 60 steering columns also have a smaller steering shaft diameter, so those steering wheels will not fit on a 56. Maybe Studebaker engineers did that on purpose?
        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


        10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
        4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
        5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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        • #5
          Does anyone have a picture of what the back of a 56 steering wheel looks like?
          Proud new owner of a 56 Power Hawk!

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