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Sprint Steering Wheel / Hornpush?

PostPost by: l10tus » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:04 pm

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I have two 13" steering wheels - can anybody confirm which one was O.E. for my Sprint?

The car came with an after market steering wheel fitted, and I'm not sure which one would be correct (if either!).?

I need a hornpush for both, so can anyone help, I'm in the final throws of re-furbishment and need to sort this for the M.O.T. / Horn ?

Does anyone have the correct hornpush for sale, to suit the correct wheel ?

The other wheel will be sold once the correct one is established, so anybody interested - stake your claim !

We may be able to help each other !?

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Phil. Tel:07745514123 - UK Mobile.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:37 pm

Phil - hard to make out from your photos (I can't enlarge them for some reason) but they look as though they have the small Lotus boss so doubtful that would be correct for a 72 Sprint.

Where are you measuring the 13" from and to - the 'outside' diameter of a correct wheel should be 14 inches.

Doubtless Tim will come along and correct me but I would have thought your car should have the 14" Chapman signed wheel with the plastic rim (unfortunately these are very hard to find in unsplit condition and a good one is now likely to be ?450 upwards).
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PostPost by: robertverhey » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:55 pm

I have a 14" wheel in my s3 same style as yours, no signature) and it feels too big so would be interested in a swap for one of your 13" wheels if you decide to go 14". Or wouldn't mind first dibs on one of your 13" wheels if you have one surplus. Can provide pics. Robert
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PostPost by: l10tus » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:05 pm

Gents,

Thanks for the replies.

I think they might both be 14" - sorry for any confussion!

I thought the one with the small metal boss may not be quite right, anybody know which model did this came from?

The other one has the Boss, but is lacking the hornpush and plastic(?) mount, anybody got one they are not using?

I'll try to post another picture that can be studied closer, for remarks, but meantime any help would be appreciated,

Sorry they're not 13"

Regards,

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PostPost by: l10tus » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:24 pm

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Thanks for your reply message.

After reading all the forum posts on this one, I've concluded that the 'Tall Boss' wheel, may well be from an early Sprint, as it's 14", signed and has an approx. 2.5" dish, it's in original condition, with what I believe to be it's leather covering as O.E. It has the correct 'Patena' - as far as I can observe - but missing it's correct horn push.

The one that accompanied the wheel is a very good condition Nardi, one that really is too large a dismeter to fit without being 'butcher'ed'.

I could do with obtaining the correct standard Lucas (?) hon push for this please - if anyone can help?

As my car is a later Sprint (I believe?) - which should be fitted with the 'flat' type boss, I need a wheel mounted, slip ring (the one that's attached to the back of the wheel, not the slip ring fixed to the top of the column) - as the little brass lever ' ear is missing on mine - anyone know where to obtain one of these? - and how is it attached to the wheel?

I suppose the tall boss'ed one is now surplus to requirements, if I can obtain the other parts, for the flat boss'ed wheel?

Also, how is the wire attached to the horn push - I can see a small hole in the internal metal cups?

Further oictures attached.

Any help / comments appreciated,

Thanks,

Phil.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:00 pm

The tall boss was on the S4/Sprints converted to Sprint spec by Lotus or the dealer when sales were lagging, the "Genuine" Sprints had the flat boss and small Lotus badge horn button.
This thread shows pics of the Genuine Sprints wheel:
elan-f14/sprint-horn-push-t13924.html
....and the horn push:
elan-f14/stuck-horn-push-t18679.html
elan-f14/late-horn-push-t24680.html
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