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steering wheel differences?
« on: January 15, 2013, 10:16:33 PM »
Just curious, what are the differences in the steering wheels in the pinto's?  I was under the impression the early ones had the fatter mid section piece, but today I saw a 78 that had that same wheel on it.  Was that maybe replaced? 

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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 11:34:46 PM »
I think there where two types, the plastic 3 spoke and the metal 3 spoke . I do not think they made any changes to the plastic 3 spoke...The metal ones I think were on the Cruising Wagons and or the ESS

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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013, 01:47:56 AM »
Actually, I don't think there was ever a plastic three-spoke.  The standard steering wheel was a plastic two-spoke with a center hub horn button.  The deluxe interior upgraded that to a padded two spoke, of which there were two designs.  One went straight across, and was a bit concave, used from 1971-74.  In 1975 the outer ends of the padded spokes turned downwards a bit rather than going straight across, and it was less concave than the earlier version.  It's hard to describe without a picture.  Anyway, that remained essentially the same from 1975-80.  The three-spoke metal sport steering wheels came on certain models and were available as an option on other models some years (not sure which).  Sorry I can't be more specific, but this is more or less correct. 
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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013, 05:54:08 AM »
not sure what you mean by fatter mid section .. i have the metal steering wheel on my 73 that came from a granada of the mid 80`s i think .. and now have a grant on my 80 that was listed as fitting every ford made tween 70 and 90 or so ....

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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2013, 08:31:00 AM »
I know on my 77 I have a steering wheel from a mid 80s Ford F150 & it works fine. The only major difference is the center logo
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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 10:00:53 AM »
 Your question has been well covered. So I'll just add that going by the Ford parts book,there were 3 basic wheels. 2 spoke w/ 'button', 2 spoke with 'horn bar' & the 3 spoke (metal) 'sport wheel. From there is gets a little crazy. They list an optional 2 spoke leather wrapped wheel for a couple of years and a leather wrapped 3 spoke in addition to the 'soft foam' type. Etc.
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Re: steering wheel differences?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2013, 07:11:47 PM »
Cool, no that helps, the one I was thinking of was the 2 spoke horn bar one with the deluxe interior.  Mine has the 2 spoke with "button", so thank you!