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Old 09-21-2018, 11:10 AM
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I have been thinking on converting my 17" steering wheel to a 15" wheel on my 62. Anyone that has converted their steering wheel, any thoughts would help me.
What are your thoughts after the conversion?
Where you purchased the wheel?
Pictures would help me

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Much easier to ingress / egress the drivers seat.

Slightly higher steering effort (only really notice in parking)

Partially blocks view of the speedometer for me.
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The 15in steering wheels are nice to have on cars which have STANDARD steering. I have added the fast steering adapter to my 56, which increases the steering effort, so I need to retain the stock 17in steering wheel.
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Originally Posted by tomcatz View Post
Much easier to ingress / egress the drivers seat.

Slightly higher steering effort (only really notice in parking)

Partially blocks view of the speedometer for me.
Did you purchase the regular style wheel or the leather wrapped wheel? Would you do it again?

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I put the 15 inch wheel on my 57 but I also converted to rack and pinion power steering and I like it but without power steering it would be harder to turn or park . The only disadvantage to the 15 inch wheel is it partially covers the line of sight to the speedometer , if you use the speedometer .
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I’ve been thinking about doing the same but the leather wheels are well over $400 and the plastic wheels in Red, are too Red for my Venetian Red interior. Get the leather wheel and if you don’t like it, I’ll buy at a reduced price.
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You can always get reg'lar wheel and install a Wheelskins cover. MUCH better quality than off the shelf covers. Takes about 45 minutes to put on. It gave a finishing touch to my leather seats and leather door panels.
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Did you purchase the regular style wheel or the leather wrapped wheel? Would you do it again?

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You can always get reg'lar wheel and install a Wheelskins cover. MUCH better quality than off the shelf covers. Takes about 45 minutes to put on. It gave a finishing touch to my leather seats and leather door panels.
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Where did you purchase your wheel? I ordered one though CC and the quality was not good(returned it) looked at CA and the quality is the same, I really want one just like a original but 15". Any ideas
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I love the 15" wheel. I installed a '62 steering unit on the '57 which reduced the length by a couple of inches and, then, installed the smaller wheel. Perfect combination. The 15" wheel is thicker which is a drastic improvement over the skinny 17".
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CON2R is the company that I purchased my wheel from. They have a number of colors to choose from.
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Thanks Doug
Where did you purchase your wheel? I ordered one though CC and the quality was not good(returned it) looked at CA and the quality is the same, I really want one just like a original but 15". Any ideas
I am guessing that there is only one manufacturer for the 15" look-a-like wheel. I too purchased my 15" wheel from Corvette Central and chose it in the offered unfinished version. It had an undressed seam all the way around where the two halves are joined which took about an hour of sanding to make presentable. I then painted it with spray can of paint from Home Depot called Ford red (don't recall the brand) I am color blind but it appears to be a good match to the Venetian red of my car and interior. I think it must be as no one has ever commented that it does not match.
I also shortened my steering column when I had the steering box rebuilt. It is much easier to get in and out of but as others have commented it makes it harder to turn at slow/parking speeds. I am currently contemplating putting electric steering assist on it.
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I still have an original 17" wheel. BUT, it wasn't as nice as the rest of the car, and the Wheelskins cover both cleaned it up nicely,and made it thicker (but not too thick) for better feel, and wasn't nearly as expensive as a repop or getting the original remolded.
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Where did you purchase your wheel? I ordered one though CC and the quality was not good(returned it) looked at CA and the quality is the same, I really want one just like a original but 15". Any ideas
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Originally Posted by tomcatz View Post
Much easier to ingress / egress the drivers seat.
Slightly higher steering effort (only really notice in parking)
Partially blocks view of the speedometer for me.
I agree with all that. I'll add that the main reason I did it is because my leg would hit the steering wheel when I put my foot on the clutch (I'm 6' 3")

I went with a Chuck Pelton 15" wheel. They look very similar to stock, but smaller.




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Originally Posted by SDVette View Post
I agree with all that. I'll add that the main reason I did it is because my leg would hit the steering wheel when I put my foot on the clutch (I'm 6' 3")

I went with a Chuck Pelton 15" wheel. They look very similar to stock, but smaller.

Looks great,

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Originally Posted by SDVette View Post
I agree with all that. I'll add that the main reason I did it is because my leg would hit the steering wheel when I put my foot on the clutch (I'm 6' 3")

I went with a Chuck Pelton 15" wheel. They look very similar to stock, but smaller.

Do you have contact info for Chuck Pelton? Nothing on Google

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I bought the leather wrapped wheel. Source was a guy here in MI that makes them I believe. Fawn Beige is a excellent color match. Finish on spokes is good, not great. Leather / stitching work is very good. My old wheel was extensively cracked and welds broken where spokes meet the rim and needed to be replaced anyway.

Yes, I would do it again.
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Leather rap, Black, easy to install, replaced horn, actuator and horn parts while installing 15" wheel. Very pleased.....as stated, W/O Power steering, it's slightly more difficult turning in parking lots at very slow speeds.
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Originally Posted by Geralds57 View Post
Iíve been thinking about doing the same but the leather wheels are well over $400 and the plastic wheels in Red, are too Red for my Venetian Red interior. Get the leather wheel and if you donít like it, Iíll buy at a reduced price.
I bought the same red plastic wheel for mine and painted it with basecoat clear coat Venetian red and it looks like it came from the factory that way . Plastic wheels are painted all of the time . I used to restore steering wheels for customers in my restoration shop .

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Originally Posted by Geralds57 View Post
Iíve been thinking about doing the same but the leather wheels are well over $400 and the plastic wheels in Red, are too Red for my Venetian Red interior. Get the leather wheel and if you donít like it, Iíll buy at a reduced price.
I bought the same red plastic wheel for mine and painted it with basecoat clear coat Venetian red and it looks like it came from the factory that way . Plastic wheels are painted all of the time . I used to restore steering wheels for customers in my restoration shop .

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Do you have contact info for Chuck Pelton? Nothing on Google
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I PM'd you the number I have from 5 years ago.
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