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Wood Rim Steering Wheels

PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:38 pm

I'm interested in buying a spare wood rim wheel for my S2, but there seems to be a great variation in price, a wheel from PMS is around ?325 whilst a wheel from the 26 Register is ?650. Are there multiple wheel manufacturers? I've not seen any of the wheels in the metal - are some better quality than others?

Anybody seen any of the wheels? Your thoughts are appreciated.
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PostPost by: Gray » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:22 pm

Hi

I've got a surplus woodrim from my S4, don't know the origins but condition looked Ok lat time I saw it, I can dig it out if you're interested.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:42 pm

Please - I'd love to see it.

Many thanks :)
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:22 pm

I have a couple original wood wheels, lots of horror stories on this forum about them snapping. I don't know if the reproductions are made the same way but my guess they are as they are trying to offer "originality" over safety. I am not sure what I will use when I finally get something running but i'll have to make that decision (I hope) soon. I really think they belong on the mantle but that just my opinion.

elan-archive-f16/snapped-wheel-t3561.html

If I were to be spending money I would probably give Tony Thompson a call and get one of those red wheels (it got to be fast) and it may be a bit safer than holding on to a couple wooden stakes of Dracula with your hands.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:24 pm

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:51 pm

Thanks gents, I'm familiar with the original wheels, but I was wondering if anybody had knowledge of the new ones?

Sorry if I didn't make that clear in my original post.
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PostPost by: casalunge » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:32 pm

Clear as mud dear fellow as always.

A certain Gent from Lymington has one on Ebay at the moment, inference is its an original so in reality it is a repro :-).

Wooden wheels shattering, folk will be asking for airbags next or better still buying an Elise :twisted:

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:48 am

casalunge wrote:Clear as mud dear fellow as always.

A certain Gent from Lymington has one on Ebay at the moment, inference is its an original so in reality it is a repro :-).

Wooden wheels shattering, folk will be asking for airbags next or better still buying an Elise :twisted:

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I'm sorry I must have been sober when I wrote that.

Anyway what are you doing on this forum? Surely Low Flying would be more down your strada :lol:
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:01 am

I knew what you were asking and you got the answer I gave. To buy an expensive reproduction to pose with seems as useless as tits on a bull. New or old, my opinion is still the same and I am clearly not the poster child for safety as someone suggested. I managed to live through my young and dumb years, now that I am into my old and stupid years I can laugh at those things and come away with a perspective that I did not, nor could have had. I wouldn't consider my S2 as a safety car but the wheel that is in was in it when I bought it in 1976 and it will stay in my hands for a number of years to come. Like I said, buy the 26r reproduction wheel.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:10 am

piss-ant wrote:I knew what you were asking and you got the answer I gave. To buy an expensive reproduction to pose with seems as useless as tits on a bull. New or old, my opinion is still the same and I am clearly not the poster child for safety as someone suggested. I managed to live through my young and dumb years, now that I am into my old and stupid years I can laugh at those things and come away with a perspective that I did not, nor could have had. I wouldn't consider my S2 as a safety car but the wheel that is in was in it when I bought it in 1976 and it will stay in my hands for a number of years to come. Like I said, buy the 26r reproduction wheel.

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Thank you for your opinion.

Now getting back to the question asked (talk about thread drift). If anybody has experience of the replica wheels I'd like to hear from you - thanks :)
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PostPost by: casalunge » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:59 am

Another forum, I haven't the time - too busy trying to prise an airbag behind that valuable original Lucas horn push without damaging it.

Was it that American chap Nader who said unsafe at any speed :twisted:

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:46 am

casalunge wrote: Talking of of America does the S3 come upto expectation?


Duties and shipping paid, just waiting for the green light from the shipping company to go collect the car - watch this space :)
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PostPost by: Elan41963 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:11 pm

Buy the TTR wheel. Its a flat nice wheel, looks great in the car. I really thing the original wood looks great, the repros just aren't worth it.
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PostPost by: zog » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:51 pm

I bought a wood wheel from Alpha Steering Wheels for one of my restorations. I thought it was beautiful and it was as strong as a new wood wheel could be. I just told the new owner not to use the steering wheel to pull himself forward to adjust the seat.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:26 pm

'Allo Zog,

Thank you for sharing your experience.

I remember seeing the photos of the wheel on your Elan - great restoration job by the way, I was tempted, but I already have an S2.

I tried emailing Alpha steering wheels, but I never got a reply.

All the best,

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