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Technical Suicide/ Brodie knobs

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 54FISH, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. 270ci
    Joined: May 17, 2010
    Posts: 358


    You mean like this? fits a 54 wheel just fine and will give you that "armstrong" power steering! But if you remove it, it will leave a mark in the paint.
    soldagain (2).jpg
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  2. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 378

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    I had to make my own naked lady knob. Found one with a clear top I could bust apart, then went thru some skin mags for a nice image. Been on my Buick for 40 years, getting kinda faded.
  3. sevenhills1952
    Joined: Mar 14, 2018
    Posts: 851


    Picture please?

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  4. Crayons
    Joined: May 31, 2019
    Posts: 73


    I had the one that flips down when not in use on my 51 shoebox. Mounted on the inside, it would not flip down because of inside radius of steering wheel. Mounted it on the outside and it was always hitting my leg. Finally took it off when I replaced the wheel with a 55 Mercury deluxe wheel. Knob now in display case.
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  5. 1953naegle
    Joined: Nov 18, 2013
    Posts: 214


    I've got one rolling around the glove box in my 53'. I had it on the wheel for a few years, but took it off after I noticed it was cutting into the wheel. I tried padding it with a strip of leather, but then it wouldn't stay mounted solid. It didn't really fit the color/style of the car anyway. If I found one that fit and looked better, I'd give it another shot. It was a little helpful when parking.
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  6. sevenhills1952
    Joined: Mar 14, 2018
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  7. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 186

    bill gruendeman

    I had one on the semi, back in the day before they power steering, it helped a lot. But you learn reel quick to keep one hand on it and don’t let the spin back freely, your elbow will find it!!!
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  8. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,301


    The wheel on my p/u is old and cracked so its wrapped in hockey stick tape. Added the suicide knob a while ago, makes low speed turns much easier. 20190807_074003.jpg
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  9. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,318


    Personally I think they're better in theory than in practice. I put one in my car as a kid and after never using it and getting hit with it on more than a few occasions, I took it off.
  10. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,382


    I have one on my IH as well. It really screws up my shoulder socket and I am thinking of taking it off.
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  11. Saw these yesterday.

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  12. Brody Knob and tap the brakes steering into a parking spot, almost power steering. They do eat up your steering wheel, the price of "COOL"
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  13. My Dad is a 1-armed amputee from WWII and had one on all his cars until he could afford or the car came with power steering ....
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  14. Lot of us, from the midwest, had them in the '50s. Never heard them called a Brodie. Nor suicide knob. Just a spinner. My 1st car, a '40 Chevrolet Special Deluxe, had one built into the wheel, to the inside on one of the spokes.

  15. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,723


    I have a fold away Santay, I don't plan on using it, more of a display on car when I eventually get it going;)
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  16. nugget32
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 253


    We called them a guffers knob in st Paul, mn

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  17. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,029

    from nor cal

    They work best if you place them right in the middle of the steering wheel where the horn button is.
    Here's a really unusual one.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2019
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  18. socal34
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
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  19. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,283


    In Arizona, Mesa cop said Take it OFF NOW, or get Ticket, took it off with a dime, HE said now give it to ME....Hey, no ticket......!!!!!!:)
  20. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,522


    Yup, The Chevy Deluxe "spinner" wheels were safer options, offered only two years. The one above allowed the spinner to be adjusted to either side whereas the first year version had a non-adjustable location for the spinner on the left side.

  21. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,370

    from Oregon

    I have one of these that come to think of it matches the 1937 Chevrolet factory optional accessory banjosteering wheel that I sold years ago.
  22. Sisco Kid
    Joined: Jun 7, 2019
    Posts: 23

    Sisco Kid

    I'm with tubman; when I was young I always heard them called Necker's Knobs too. The guys who pulled the pin on the Ford column shifts and flipped to left hand shift claimed it was so they could shift faster from first to second gear. It was probably more of a novelty having left hand shift than quicker speed shifts.
  23. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 1,950

    dan c

    some of my fellow ready-mix drivers used 'em. until they got in some dirt and the wheel spun back on them!

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