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16 inch vs 15 inch wood steering wheels
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:20:42 PM »
I recently picked up a 65 GT convertible for some summer fun, and I wanted to install a Moto-Lita wood rimmed steering wheel to match what came on a 65 GT350.  Am I correct in saying that it first came as a 16 inch diameter size but was then changed to a 15 inch?  How late into production did that occur?  Lastly, a question for anyone who owns a car with a 16 inch wheel installed.  Is it less practical  than the smaller size?  I can only imagine that getting in and out of the car might be hindered by the increase in size.
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Re: 16 inch vs 15 inch wood steering wheels
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 01:39:19 PM »
Info is in the registry...  ;) ;)

Sequence:
16" with slots
15" with holes
15" with slots
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Re: 16 inch vs 15 inch wood steering wheels
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 05:16:24 PM »
Am I correct in saying that it first came as a 16 inch diameter size but was then changed to a 15 inch?    I can only imagine that getting in and out of the car might be hindered by the increase in size.

     Yes, the first 130 or so, GT-350's came with the 16" Cobra steering wheel.

     The first '65 GT-350 that I saw back then, with that 16" Cobra steering wheel, just looked, "right".

     So, I've had one, on my '66 Shelby, for almost 28 years now and I love it. I have no trouble getting
     in or out of the car or driving/shifting gears. And steering, is a little easier during parking.

     Doug 

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Re: 16 inch vs 15 inch wood steering wheels
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 10:33:53 PM »
I recently picked up a 65 GT convertible for some summer fun, and I wanted to install a Moto-Lita wood rimmed steering wheel to match what came on a 65 GT350.  Am I correct in saying that it first came as a 16 inch diameter size but was then changed to a 15 inch?  How late into production did that occur?  Lastly, a question for anyone who owns a car with a 16 inch wheel installed.  Is it less practical  than the smaller size?  I can only imagine that getting in and out of the car might be hindered by the increase in size.

Practical?  Depends on the size of your Belly.............. ::)

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Re: 16 inch vs 15 inch wood steering wheels
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 07:16:36 AM »
Am I correct in saying that it first came as a 16 inch diameter size but was then changed to a 15 inch?    I can only imagine that getting in and out of the car might be hindered by the increase in size.

     Yes, the first 130 or so, GT-350's came with the 16" Cobra steering wheel.

     The first '65 GT-350 that I saw back then, with that 16" Cobra steering wheel, just looked, "right".

     So, I've had one, on my '66 Shelby, for almost 28 years now and I love it. I have no trouble getting
     in or out of the car or driving/shifting gears. And steering, is a little easier during parking.

     Doug

Thanks Doug, it's always good to hear from folks who actually have a wheel in that diameter.  I see that Moto-Lita stills makes something that resembles the original in 16 inches:

https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/steering-wheels/ac-cobra-oem-wood-rim-split-centre/

I'm sure the wood rim is a bit thicker, the repo's always seem to have that issue (not sure why that is)
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Brian Glover
SAAC Carolina's Northern Representative
1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster