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    I am toying with the idea of using an after market steering wheel in my hawk, has anyone ever done this? I removed the steering wheel and tried some other wheels on it and they don't seem to fit.Has anyone used a grant wheel on the stock steering colunm?

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  • #2
    Used to be in my '60 Hawk, they have an adapter too!





    Tom

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    • #3
      Here is my '59 Hawk with a Grant wheel. Use adapter #4291 and the wheel will bolt directly onto the stock colunm.

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      • #4
        I just ordered the grant wheel for my car and I got the installation kit you got. I call a number of wheel restorer's today and got some out of the ball park quotes. I must keep my project moving so I just decided to get the grant wheel, it's mahogany so it will match the interior(Presimmon)I now have to do something about the inserts on the dash front. I will talk to a plater tomorrow to see if he can either polish it or put wood in it's place as well.So much for originality[:0]

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        • #5
          SASCO still has some Lark steering wheels NOS, they are the same wheel just painted two-tone. if you really like the stock wheel might want to check 'em out.

          good luck

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          • #6
            I called SASCO first, they said that they did not have a hawk wheel. I don't know the difference between the two, my wheel was originaly two tone. I just got tied of the chase. The number one reason many of my friends go street rod is they get tied of the hunt. I guess for the first time in my life I have fell victom to the same thing, I must be getting old. I will keep all the original stuff so if I want to go back I can, I do like the wood feel.

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            • #7
              If you got the wheel I think you did I don't blame you; if I could find a '57-58 steering column for my car I might be tempted to get one myself. (pre-57 columns are different and no adapter is available)

              However, I'm fairly certain that the only difference between a 61-64 Lark and Hawk steering wheel is the color, and possibly the horn bar/ring (some had bar only, some had a ring, but the basic wheel is the same shape.)

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              • #8
                Yes, I got the wheel eary today, it's nice can't wait to put it in.

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                • #9
                  That's not the one I was thinking of, I was thinking of this one:

                  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1967-...QQcmdZViewItem

                  but I can't seem to find it on Grant's web site? d'oh.

                  yours is nice too, just not the one I was envisioning.

                  nate

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                  • #10
                    I see, I like the wood wheels, comes from driving old ,old cars. Here is a pick of the original wheel.

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                    • #11
                      Nice wheel! Be sure to post a picture once you have it mounted.

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                      • #12
                        The stock wheels kinda suck, back in the day they just didnt make any
                        thick steering wheels it seems. The aftermarket wheel will feel so
                        much better in your hands. Unless you have small hands, my fingers
                        tend to wrap around the old wheels and I grab my palm without gripping
                        the steering wheel firmly. I dont like this feeling. The Grant wheel
                        I got for the Hawk (and eventually transferred to the Avanti) is the
                        larger wheel then the average aftermarket. I did that because the '60
                        Hawk didnt have power steering, and it doesnt seem to cause any trouble
                        in the Avanti .. so it will stay. I plan to paint the steering column
                        black to match the wheel, carpet, and outside of the car.
                        '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
                        Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
                        http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
                        I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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                        • #13
                          I agree, the stock wheel is thin. I have a Trans Am and the wheel in that car feels great. I want to grip the wheel and the wood feel is fantastic. My hawk has power steering and with a smaller wheel it makes for gret driving. I had not noticed this but I have changed all the steering wheels in 80 percent of my cars.I will drive this hawl alot when it is finished so I want as much creature comfort as I can get.[8)] now if I can just get the body man to step it up.

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