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The '69-72 STANDARD steering wheel is a hard molded plastic piece with a thin plastic horn cover that runs from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock. It was not used on a GTO until the '72 models. This was the base steering wheel on the Tempest, T-37, Catalina & '71-72 Venturas. This style steering wheel typically cracks at the junction of the two wide spokes & the rim. Have two of these will be restoring in the Spring.
The DELUXE steering wheel was the standard content steering wheel on '69-71 GTO's. It is the style steering wheel with a large T shaped molded front horn cover with silver inscribed lines. Have nice full grain examples of this strg wheel in black, blue, red, & '71 jade green. The biggest problem with this style wheel are as I noted in my first response.
The CUSTOM SPORT Steering wheel for '64-70 models was the "wood" wheel.
On '65-70 versions, the rim is actually a steel core with a tinted plastic molded to the rim to resemble wood. This style steering wheel with time & heat exposure tends to crack, some have cracks all around the rim. Performance Years before they merged with Ames offered a remolding service for this style steering wheel. There is also a decent repro of the '69-70 version of this steering wheel.
Last edited by Pinion head; 12-08-2017 at 08:16 AM.