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Old 05-07-2017, 06:26 AM
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The dished steering wheel was designed to give clearance between the column and your chest in an accident.
Really? I thought it was to bring the wheel closer to your hands, cheaper than extending the column.

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especially when you consider the lack of seat belting also.
... and the non-collapsible spear-o-matic steering columns.

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Seriously.. What were the designers thinking?
lol, those cars didn't travel quick enough to give you a chest injury in a crash. lol

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Maybe I can find on YouTube the disturbing footage I have on VHS, where they anaesthetized a concious live pig and swung it into a steering wheel and column to observe chest injuries and test effectiveness of the new dished wheel.
This is before the days of doner cadavers, and well before the crash test dummy.
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:48 AM
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Maybe I can find on YouTube the disturbing footage I have on VHS ... test effectiveness of the new dished wheel.
I'm not doubting it and it makes sense, I just hadn't thought of the dish being there for crumple. I imagined bringing the wheel closer would hit you around the nose earlier, lol. Of course I was brought up during the lap sash era and hadn't considered lap belts and no belts.

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I'd like to replace the boat sized wheel in the Skylark with something smaller, and with as little dish as possible to move the wheel closer to the dash.


^ I'm imagining you have one like this?



^ 70's Buick Skylark GS. Unless it's an optical illusion, this one doesn't look like it has much dish.

Some other options, they all look flat to me; not sure how conical yours is.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-1993-Bu...4/172670627853

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-1993-Bu...e/201548165885

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-1989-Bu...t/152432442201

https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/steering-wheels/

If you go HQ, my preference would be the GTS wheel, they're pretty flat but can be expensive as the Torana guys are all over them because SL/R's also came with them.

Get yourself lap sash belts too.

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You would have bought yours new Kev, yeah?
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Thanks Stephen, yes, the top pic is my existing wheel. I've been looking at the GS wheel- good looking but pricey.
Thank for the links too.

I have inertia reel lap/sash belts. Wouldn't be without 'em!
I've also been toying with resizing the existing wheel. Keep the OEM look, just make it an inch smaller.
Or I might just put it into the too hard basket, until we hit the US next year.

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