Hi Adrian and Allan I wish to replace my wheel also but most of the stuff I am finding over here is very boy racer-ish. Could you supply the details of the product you bought and also the boss kit and if possible a web site I can look at as I wish to purchase something similar and am happy to wait for it to be shipped to NZ
Oh by the way I am recovering slowly and will be 80% in 4-5 weeks and 100% in 3 months " The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated"
Yes Glenn it is good news will be healthy for the summer sailing season. Boat is coming out of water this weekend for annual hull anti-foul paint and prop zincs The yacht club has put together a band of volunteers to do the work for me as I am still unable to lift more than a set of car keys but that meant I got to drive Toby for the first time today since the operation so that sure felt good
I wrote an article on the steering wheel conversion and submitted it to Take 5 magazine some months ago but it has yet to appear. The wheel is an off the shelf item from MotoLita and Alan James and I commisioned them to make the steering wheel boss (the part that is held onto the steering column and which the wheel bolts to) especially for the Rover P5 since this was the first time they had been approached to do so. Check out:http://www.moto-lita.co.uk/ We had Mark four, dished, 15" leather rimmed steeirng wheels, with plain polished spokes with 4.5" alloy horn control. Moto-Lita offer a choice of spoke designs and finishes.
The car feels more 'modern' to drive and I think it is easier to manuoeuvre. I love it but I can hear the old brigade tut-tuting over it!!
It certainly looks very good, and suits the car. However, does it interfere with reading the two main instruments?
Many many years ago now, I always fitted that style of steering wheel on all my cars. No power steering on them and it certainly made my arms work hard. Invariably too, the rim obscured the reading of the speedo etc, but a small price to pay to look sporty.
Without power steering the larger the wheel the easier it is to maneuver. Luckily these cars have the luxury of power steering so it doesn't really matter what dia of wheel you have within reason.
I must admit that the new steering wheel does obscure the speedo and tacho and I do need to make a concious effort to peer under the rim to check the speedo where it is vital to do so especially in areas where money making machines (sorry - speed cameras) are to be found. Now if I replaced the two big dials with a centrally mounted digital readout for speed and revs............
By the way, have you noticed many roads in your part of the world where there are warning signs about speed cameras but there aren't any cameras there at all? Who says that our government does not tell lies???
I had a funny feeling when I saw the pic of your new steering wheel. The reason is it's almost identical other than having a black centre boss, to the one I fitted to my Singer Vogue in the early 70's. Nothing changes much, and I suppose everything must go full circle.
I suppose a new binnacle could be fabricated to put the speedo more central. The rev counter really only adds to the decoration.
Finally, yes the speed camera signs are everywhere, and as Glenn rightly says , that is an indication usually of mobile units. If it's not the police, then it could be a county safety camera unit.
Post by Richard Eglinton on Sept 30, 2005 21:33:40 GMT
I tend to like original cars mainly because my own is very original right down to its uncontrollable tyres which I still haven't got round to replacing. I do like the look of the steering wheel.Is the horn in the middle? Richard
Yes, the horn button is in the centre. I wanted to use the old horn centre badge but it is too large to fit into the horn button. The badge could be machined to a smaller diameter though and MotoLita were willing to then machine the botton to accept the smaller badge.
I do like the feel of the leather wheel especially on a hot day - not sticky like the original wheel.
Thanks for the info Adrian/Freddy Moto-lite have comeback to me to say they are looking out the info and will be back to me with a quote soon. Seems they need to confirm they have the pattern for the boss. If you have any more specific info I could send them could you send it to me in a personnel message or email
Hey Adrian I received my new wheel from moto-lite today will try to fit today or tomorrow. I have one quick question on the horn wiring do I just attach the existing horn wire to the new connector on the center horn button and will it then ground though the boss.
OK fitted wheel now and horn works but did your boss clear the steering shroud mine is rubbing. and the boss seems to not be sitting back hard against the splines on the steering column
Just sent you an email on the subject, but copied here: Hi Allan You figured out the horn wiring OK then? I had no problem with the steering wheel ‘boss’ like you describe.
Could the steering column shroud be moved away from the ‘boss’? It might be just as easy to trim the edge of the shroud where it faces the back of the steering wheel ‘boss’ rather than attempt to machine the back of the ‘boss’ a little. Thinking about it, I replaced the steering shroud last year (my original one was cracked – remember mine is a very late car and has the ignition switch on the side of the steering column) with an earlier one – modified to accept the side mounted ignition switch, but I did not think there was any difference dimensionally.
My friend Alan James also had no problem with his installation so I would just check out a few things first if I were you- the boss should sit tight and the nut should be well seated too. Hope you enjoy driving with your new wheel – it feels great doesn’t it?
Nice one Allan. Makes a nice upgrade for a saloon. My late (1973) car has the thiefproof coil and ignition switch on the steering coulumn but I have also added an ignition switch in the same place as yours (on the dashboard). Now I need two keys to start the car, but at least I can work the choke with my left hand and operate the starter with my right hand! Previously, I had crossed arms what with the choke and the steering column switch!!