: I got wood!



gdwriter
09-14-10, 10:42 PM
Get your mind out of the gutter, Jesda. :tisk:

After much searching, I have gotten a wood-rimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob for Sabrina:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs685.snc4/62576_435280363093_776743093_4900996_5978133_n.jpg

I was having little luck with the local wrecking yards, and on eBay or Car-Part.com (http://car-part.com/), they were going for $150-$200, but with some patience and searching Car-Part a few different times, I found a wrecking yard in California that had one in the right color with the right steering wheel controls for $65. Apparently, it had been in their inventory for some time (the car had long since been crushed), and they just kept dropping the price trying to get rid of it. So lucky me. The shift knob was another $35.

Now, for additional upgrades. For some inexplicable reason, Cadillac saw fit to put only small strips of Zebrano wood on the front part of door panels of the SLS (I can't see where it saved any money having two different configurations here):

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs685.snc4/62516_435280383093_776743093_4900998_862107_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs318.ash2/59859_435280393093_776743093_4900999_2043149_n.jpg

Just about every wrecking yard I called insisted on selling the whole damn door panel, but thanks to a blurb in Hemmings, I found Cadillac King (http://cadillacking.com/), a wrecking yard in Southern California specializing in Cadillacs from 1950 to the present. They were willing to sell me just the trim pieces for $50 each. A little spendy, but cheaper than a whole door panel:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs688.snc4/62799_435280378093_776743093_4900997_1832688_n.jpg

Interestingly, these pieces are made in the U.K. Looks like even Cadillac knows if you want wood, you go to the Brits.

So here's how things looked before with the standard leather wheel, shift knob and door panels:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs335.ash2/61564_435280403093_776743093_4901000_5731434_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs347.ash2/62754_435280408093_776743093_4901001_1312783_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs670.snc4/61003_435280413093_776743093_4901002_8095948_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs350.ash2/62992_435280423093_776743093_4901004_2138345_n.jpg

And after:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs634.snc4/59473_435280498093_776743093_4901009_268039_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs627.snc4/58688_435280488093_776743093_4901008_5978217_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs712.snc4/63263_435280503093_776743093_4901010_5153119_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs710.snc4/63064_435280528093_776743093_4901011_1001391_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs322.ash2/60207_435280568093_776743093_4901014_2138861_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs707.snc4/62743_435280548093_776743093_4901013_5364474_n.jpg

With the late afternoon light, the colors may not look like they match, but they do. I already feel richer.

hueterm
09-14-10, 10:43 PM
Totally awesome looking....

RightTurn
09-14-10, 10:45 PM
WOW! Looks great, Gary. :thumbsup:

billc83
09-14-10, 10:47 PM
Sweet! Nice find and installation, Gary!

http://images0.boxwish.com/profile_images/blog/3489/blog_fashion_fix_of_the_week_i_got_wood_t_shirt_fr om_shaun_of_the_dead.jpg

Playdrv4me
09-14-10, 11:03 PM
Fantastic! Don't worry about Jesda. He won't appreciate this thread as he has a thing against the feel of leather and wood rimmed steering wheels. :thepan: :hmm:

I however feel that just about everything that calls itself "luxury" short of a BMW deserves to have a genuine wood or leather and wood steering wheel. It doesn't just look good, it completely enhances the whole driving experience with the different alternating textures that wood and leather give you. Plus, leather and wood wheels take much longer to get worn than plain old leather. And of course, you can't have the steering wheel alone, that shifter is the crowning touch.

I imagine that there are some differences in vehicle trims that manufacturers do SPECIFICALLY to sell the higher end trims EVEN if that means that it costs them the same or even slightly more to manage and maintain different variations of interior and exterior parts. I agree though, those door panels look silly with wood half-way down.

greencadillacmatt
09-14-10, 11:14 PM
Totally Amazing! It really adds that classy touch to the interior. Nice score!

ga_etc
09-14-10, 11:22 PM
I'm a little envious Gary. I would love to have the wood wheel and shift knob in the ETC. That so should have been standard equipment. Looks great, nonetheless.

Rolex
09-14-10, 11:26 PM
Wow what a difference it made. Looks really good IMO.

iowasevillests
09-14-10, 11:40 PM
Nice score and IMO well worth the money!

gdwriter
09-14-10, 11:54 PM
Nice score and IMO well worth the money!My trusted body shop charged me $150 for the install, which was $50 less than what I was expecting. So the parts and installation came to a grand total of $450. And I agree — totally worth it.

Looking at the Before and After pictures, I'm really surprised by just how much of a difference it makes. I've always thought the Seville has a beautiful, elegant interior; with the extra wood, it's even more so.

fool2
09-15-10, 12:02 AM
The lack of wood steering wheels as an optionn for so many Cadillacs always struck me as strange. Nice upgrade!

orconn
09-15-10, 12:28 AM
Looks great, Gary! I have accumulated all the same parts for my wife's "02 SLS and now you put a bee under me to get them installed. Having had STS's before we got the SLS I agree that without the additional wood trim it seems a little down market. I'll start calling around tomorrow to see where I can get the installation done !

I~LUV~Caddys8792
09-15-10, 12:29 AM
Looks amazing Gary! While I wouldn't call the original interior "drab", it certainly is much duller than the new interior.

slk230mb
09-15-10, 09:52 AM
Looks great Gary!

mhamilton
09-15-10, 12:37 PM
Very nice! I've been wanting to find a wood steering wheel for my Eldo forever...

Jesda
09-15-10, 04:06 PM
I prefer holding dead skin in my hands to dead trees, but it looks great, especially the door panels. Had no idea they sourced the trim pieces from the UK!

gdwriter
09-15-10, 04:51 PM
I prefer holding dead skin in my hands to dead trees, but it looks great, especially the door panels. Had no idea they sourced the trim pieces from the UK!I don't think I'd like wood all the way around, but until Ian mentioned it, I hadn't really thought of the textural difference between the wood and leather when I'm driving. I like it!

orconn
09-15-10, 06:44 PM
As long as my bare skin comes in contact with leather I am happy, but in the case of Seville's steering wheel and shift knob I make an exception; there beauty wins hands down! Ofcourse if it really bothers you you could use the ultimate driving affectation and wear string back (leather palms and fingers) driving gloves!

gdwriter
09-15-10, 09:05 PM
I actually like the feel of the wood. I usually cruise with my hands at 5 and 7 (or just one at 5) where it's leather, but I'll also drape one hand over the top.

Destroyer
09-15-10, 10:36 PM
I actually like the feel of the wood.
Yeah, uhmm, ok!!!

hueterm
09-15-10, 10:40 PM
Yeah, uhmm, ok!!!


Actually GD's whole last post could be taken dirtily if you really wanted to.....

Destroyer
09-15-10, 10:45 PM
actually gd's whole last post could be taken dirtily if you really wanted to.....
lmao!!!!

gdwriter
09-15-10, 11:08 PM
You ignorant sluts. :histeric:

Playdrv4me
09-15-10, 11:40 PM
Actually GD's whole last post could be taken dirtily if you really wanted to.....

That gave me a serious laugh when I re-read it.

ted tcb
09-16-10, 12:08 AM
I prefer holding dead skin in my hands !


One more comment that could be taken the wrong way!:)

hueterm
09-16-10, 12:52 AM
Y'all so NASTY! Hahahahahahaha

ejguillot
09-16-10, 12:54 AM
Very nice upgrade to your SLS. Now you can't tell it apart from an STS on the inside!

codewize
09-16-10, 12:59 AM
Now if I could find a wood wheel for my 01 I'd be real happy.

ThumperPup
09-16-10, 12:11 PM
for a whyll i was thinkng of going with the STS wood grain wheel i did upgrade to the shift nnumber i found on CL for like 5 bucks over a year ago
but the steering wheel im not going to switch it out unless someone has come up with a way to make a wheel and airbag work from the new model
i like the 01 and up wheels better for some reason

ThumperPup
09-16-10, 12:12 PM
Now if I could find a wood wheel for my 01 I'd be real happy.

look on Car parts i find them ar bone yards near me just when i used to look you could get a decent wood grain wheel for like 75 or 100 bucks usualy

and every now and then find them on ebay for around 50 i think

codewize
09-16-10, 08:38 PM
I actually like the leather better for driving. I was disappointed to find that I had one of very few DTS's without the wood but I'm kind of glad now.

Id still like to get a wood wheel to have. They are stylish but the leather is a lot nicer to drive with.

ThumperPup
09-16-10, 08:59 PM
i can see where leather is more comfy to some because if your hands are on the wheel depending on where you position your hands me i usualy have my hands of to the side of the wheel i know not where evyeorne usualy says to but then also i have had the joy of cars with leather steering wheels wich are heated where the wood ones they could not heat

hueterm
09-16-10, 09:31 PM
When I got my EXT, I actually got a blister on my ring finger due to the wood wheel. It was worth it, however...

ThumperPup
09-16-10, 11:27 PM
wow a blister from the wood grain i never heard that happen before

the only thing that ever happend to me from wood grain in the car is the shifter i almost knocked my ass out gave myself a good punch in the face almost pulling it out the first time LOL

orconn
09-17-10, 01:05 AM
Actually, back in the days when Nardi inlaid mahogany steering wheels were a popular aftermarket option for Jags and Mercecedes, and came standard on cars such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini we did wear string backed, or all leather driving gloves because despite their beauty; wood steering wheel were rough on the hands. This was particularly true because none of these cars had power steering until into the 1970's. Yes youngun's if you were going to drive one of those wonderful sports or GT cars you hand to know how to drive stick shift and learn to park without power steering! In my opinion overcoming these obstacles (sticks shift wasn't a big deal as it hadn't gone out till the late fifties and early sixties in American transportation cars) was what separated (and still does) the men from the boys when it came to drivers (Hell, I even used to teach comely young ladies how to drive stick on my Jaguar XK 150!).

gdwriter
09-17-10, 02:54 AM
My '74 Celica that I drove in high school and college did not have power steering. And it was a 4-speed. Plus, along with really bad fake wood on the dash, there was an even worse fake wood steering wheel.

I would love to find another first-generation Celica to have as a another fun car. Back when Toyota actually made something fun.

ThumperPup
09-17-10, 10:08 AM
i think my moms toyota Corrona not corola but the corona i belive it was had a stick shift i drove that a few times and then here supper beatle from the 60s had a stick and i drove that for a bit till i striped it lol and then she nevert let me drive it ever again lol