: Has anyone upgraded their steering wheel to a aftermarket ?



hearseman1
04-19-11, 12:50 AM
i just bought a 89 cadillac hearse built on a brougham chassis.. and im looking to upgrade to a billet wheel< just wondering if anyone has

jayoldschool
04-19-11, 01:03 PM
If it is a non-tilt, it is very easy to do. If it is a tilt, you need an adapter. Lots of the lowrider guys do billet wheels.

csbuckn
04-19-11, 02:26 PM
Jay, what adapter do you need for tilt? Ive been looking around for one myself.

jayoldschool
04-19-11, 02:46 PM
Sorry, not tilt, tele. Don't need anything (other than the wheel mount) for a tilt only.

You mount an adapter like this to your column:

https://candospecialties.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/BILLET-ADAPTER-sm.jpg

Then your wheel bolts to that:

http://static.speedwaymotors.com/RS/SR/Product/9105606_R.jpg

For a tele column, you need the second adapter on this page. Get ready for sticker shock. Personally, I would swap to a non-tele column and save some cash.

http://www.julianos.com/adapters.html

csbuckn
04-19-11, 04:23 PM
So is that too keep tele? Can I bypass to save money?

Angry Matt
04-19-11, 06:10 PM
I had a grant one, it cost about $90 from pep boys. If you lock the telescopic feature and lose the sliding knob (or whatever you call it) you probably could use a regular adapter. I think the only difference is the cut out. Maybe the depth?

hearseman1
04-20-11, 12:31 AM
thanks guys, grant actually makes a teles adaptor..and i like a few of there wheels..how hard would it be to change the column to a non tele one and how would i do it?

jayoldschool
04-20-11, 10:49 AM
GM columns are really easy to change. You drop the lower dash, take off the bracket with two nuts that holds the column, unplug the electrical connection on the bottom of the column, take out the firewall insulator screws. Then, under the hood: disconnect the shift linkage, and separate the column from the steering shaft. Swap your ignition cylinder to the new column. A tilt only from a Chev or Buick would be a good swap.

csbuckn
04-21-11, 02:03 PM
So I finally got my steering wheel on. I have a telescopic wheel but was still able to get it on without the special adapter. It just cost me $1.20 more for a set screw at Home Depot to set the telescopic wheel. I can even still adjust it by removing the horn button. Now I just have to get up the courage to change the whole dash to the black one I have. Kinda nervous about that, thats why it only has the black dashpad.
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/csbuckn/_DSC0409.jpg

jayoldschool
04-21-11, 02:09 PM
Don't stress too much about taking out the whole dash. Once you get going, it isn't that bad. The first time I pulled the complete dash out of my 71 was scary, but it went right back in like it was supposed to.

Wheel looks good...

csbuckn
04-21-11, 02:22 PM
Thanks. I might try it when I put the jeep shaft and 9C1 steering box on. The steering wheel adds so much to the feel of the car. It reminds me of those really old racing games at the arcade, dont know if that would be a good thing for most but I really like it.

hearseman1
04-23-11, 07:05 PM
where did you get your steering wheel and adaptor? it really looks nice

csbuckn
04-23-11, 09:43 PM
Oriellys. $75 for the wheel and install kit. They had one with a polished aluminum center but I picked the black center. They also had a woodgrain one for twice the price but I dont think it was the right shade of wood. Its 13.5" which is an inch smaller than the original.

hearseman1
04-23-11, 10:49 PM
that looks great , which model is that..and did you get it online or at the store.
good find