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'65-'66 custom sport wheel (repro)

are these reproduction steering wheels that some parts houses offer all come from the same manufacturer, or is there a better quality wheel that a particular parts house sells? looking at images of the wheel n having it in your hands to look over are two different things.
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I believe they all come from the same manufacturer. You can find an original and get it restored, or buy a restored original if you like. I bought a non-restored but driver quality one for cheap on this very forum several years ago. Never installed it, but it's there if I need it. They are out there. My take: you are ALWAYS better off with original parts, no matter how trivial the part.
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yeah, I agree. my original wheel was cracked n i repaired it myself. it came out pretty nice, but now its starting to separate at another location on the wheel where the (dovetail kinda) sections come together. its old n brittle, only to get worse with age.
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The originals can be re-cast. Better than the repro wheels. Not cheap, but superior.
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The originals can be re-cast. Better than the repro wheels. Not cheap, but superior.
Restore Pontiac and cheap do not go together.
I am looking for a '67 wheel I can have restored I don't want to send mine out I would rather resell it once I have the restored one in my hands.
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I was lucky and found a mint one for $100 about 15 years ago. Standard black 'deluxe' wheel. Found a very nice blue one for my '65 about 25 years ago for $30. But both of mine came out of California junkyards, where '60's cars could still be found (and still sometimes are). The internet has since made everyone and 'expert', and costs reflect that. Also, it seems that the first thing people did back in the day (and now, too) with a new musclecar was to remove the steering wheel, throw it in the trash, and add an 'upgraded' $10 wheel from JC Whitney!
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LOL. I had a grant mahogany wheel on my '64 that was there when I bought it. actually it was a very nice wheel with a plain chrome horn kit. it was also deep like the custom sport wheel. I don't think grant makes a wheel like that one anymore. ive looked at them online. don't see any as nice as that one was.
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id like to hear some opinions from anyone who has bought this reproduction '65-'66 custom sport wheel some of the parts houses offer.
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I think ANYTHING looks better than those thick ugly aftermarket wood wheels on a GTO. And you have to pick the recast service carefully. I've had to fix recast vintage wheels after only 2 years from some vendors and none of those clients would tell me who did it. Proceed with caution.
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grant made a nice wheel in the '70s. they are ugly now. the "gto" on the horn sucks too.
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