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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 09:46 PM
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Why is there always so much hate for the Grant wheels? I think that looks perfect in your car.
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Meh it was free 15" Grant Walnut, custom horn
Ah, the old finger chopper. I had one for years and got tired of fearing for my knuckles every time it returned to center. Classic look though.

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I think the OP was asking if there were different diameter steering wheels depending upon whether the car was PS equipped or not. To which my answer would be: not to my knowledge. I think they all used the same 15" diameter steering wheel.
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I think the OP was asking if there were different diameter steering wheels depending upon whether the car was PS equipped or not. To which my answer would be: not to my knowledge. I think they all used the same 15" diameter steering wheel.
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But what ever, it’ll be 15” with a thick rim to get a good grip.
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It would be either a Mota Lita or Le Carra. Everything else after that outside the stock wheel looks like junk to me. Not trying to be a snob or anything but they all look cheap and horrible.
Which Moto Lita? I bought a wood one direct from England and the rim was very skinny. I ended up selling it right away.

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I’ve got an original style 16” wheel and will have to switch to a 15” soon. At 6’4” my left knee hits the wheel when I shift, so it gets tough when I’m turning at the same time. I just really like the classic look of the originals. I’m interested in what others are looking at. The Moto-lita looks very nice.

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I have the 14" wooden LeCarra from Tony Branda...it is GORGEOUS and fits in very well with my 65 interior. I think the slightly smaller diameter is also more comfortable. The only thing you have to do is to also get a shorter turn signal indicator...I got mine from NPD. Also, I still can't get my horn to work, but that is being nit-pickey I think...with the deluxe interior, the wooden wheel looks fantastic.

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@sishac, do post a pic please.
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post #24 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-26-2019, 06:54 PM
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I got the Moto-Lita 15" for my '65 GT-350 Tribute build. It looks great and is correct for the era, but the rim is a bit skinny for spirited driving.

I am planning to add a quick-release so I can quickly change to a performance steering wheel for autocross.


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I got the Moto-Lita 15" for my '65 GT-350 Tribute build. It looks great and is correct for the era, but the rim is a bit skinny for spirited driving.

I am planning to add a quick-release so I can quickly change to a performance steering wheel for autocross.

Moto-Lita has a fatter wheel I believe. Is yours the regular one? Thanks.

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Moto-Lita makes many different styles including several with larger rims. I got this model for street & show use. It was the primary steering wheel used on the '65 street-version GT-350.

Here's a link to Moto-Lita: https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/steering...y-mustang-oem/

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Moto-Lita makes many different styles including several with larger rims. I got this model street & show use. It was the primary steering wheel used on the '65 street-version GT-350.

Here's a link to Moto-Lita: https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/steering...y-mustang-oem/
That’s a very nice piece. I wonder what are the differences between that one and the Mark 3.

https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/steering...od-rim-dished/

How did you mount it to the steering column?

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How did you mount it to the steering column?
Tony Branda sells an aluminum hub that fits. They also sell this hub as part of a kit which includes a steering wheel that I suspect is the Moto-Lita steering wheel, but I'm not sure.
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I encountered one minor snafu. Moto-Lita includes a set of 6 flat socket head cap screws to attach the wheel to the hub. The beveled shoulder of these screws are intended to fit down into beveled recesses in the steering wheel. When I tried to install them, I found that the wheel recesses were not wide/deep enough to allow the screw top to sink down even with the wheel surface. The six screws protruded above the wheel surface. Since the Shelby emblem is supposed to adhere to this surface, this doesn't provide adequate surface area for it to properly attach. The steering wheel metal is only 0.192" thick, so I didn't want to open up these holes any wider and deeper as this would thin the metal around the holes more that I was comfortable with. Instead, I ground down the tops of the screws until they fit flush with the wheel.

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For a power steering car, I love a13" wheel. Gives acres of leg room and a responsive feel. I'm running an old Grant Signature series, satin black, its old and worn should be replaced eventually. I have said this many times before, I love the look and feel of an old school Mustang interior. Push button radio, Dick and Jane simplicity, so I do not want a wheel that draws the eye but rather blends in without distraction. The last thing I want when someone looks in my car is to have them complement me on a catalog steering wheel. I also won't run aftermarket gauges or stereos that hang below or dominate the dash. I would get the same wheel again as I use my Flowmasters when I need to get someone's attention ;o). Most people hate Grants due to the cheap horn buttons that overheat which is undeniable, and a few cheap designs were overdone ad-nausium in the 1970s like the three spoke with metalflake plastic rim and chrome horn button. However, some of them are very cool looking and if you get a Mustang replacement horn button, nobody would know its a Grant. Best to use a relay with a Grant if you find one you like.

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I've been looking for a steering wheel for my 1970 Mach 1. The factory Rim Blow wheel is thrashed and requires restoration. I need a wheel for the car while the Rim Blow is being restored and also for sport driving.

I've seen a very limited selection thus far. The Moto-Lita wheels appear pretty spiffy, but also "flat". I need a wheel with a lot of "dish". As it is, my knees hit the factory wheel when I'm using the clutch. I was hoping to find something smaller in diameter with the same amount of dish. Haven't found anything thus far.

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