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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by redvetracr, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. redvetracr
    Joined: Mar 25, 2011
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    Does this steering wheel look familiar? can anyone please tell me who manufactured it? It`s real wood about 16" across and about 5.5" deep. It was bought at a Von Esser Chicago area swap meet in the late 60`s....any help greatly appreciated.

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  2. tommy
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    I found this one and if you look closely at the middle spoke there is a Moon eyes medallion at the bottom of the spoke. I always thought that it was an early Moon wheel but I guess it could be a hatpin added on by a hotrodder. I particularly liked this one. It's from the late 60s to early 70s IMO. I found it used in the 90s. I've never seen another one like it. I think it was a high buck wheel when it was made. The cheapo's had the wood riveted on and fewer spoke holes IIRC..

    OOPS!! I just recounted the holes. Yours has 6 and mine only 5 but I do think it is a high end wheel.
     
  3. BJR
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    Superior 500?
     
  4. Falcon Sprint
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    I know this is an old post but;

    Tommy,
    I just traded for the exact same wheel you have. The dish is about 5 1/2", 5 holes in the spokes and mine also has the same Mooneyes decal/sticker. Only mine was placed on the backside of one of the spokes.

    An extremely cool, period correct wheel for my '63 but, I especially love the darker rosewood (?) rim. Very high quality wood. It is also thinner than most of the aftermarket Grant (?) wheels where the rim feels/looks double the size it should be.
     
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  5. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
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    The wheel pictured ,is a high end Moon one I believe. If you look in Moriarity's albums at his drag boat; I think you will see the same style on it. Most Moon wheels were made by Covico; I don't think this one was.
     
  6. Falcon Sprint
    Joined: Oct 1, 2012
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    Cool, I think I will hang on to this one! I will post a pic of mine installed after I get my car out of the shop. I am having A/C installed so the family will be comfortable when we drive it to Rhode Island this July.

    I would still love to find out any more info at all.
     
  7. Falcon Sprint
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    Ok, I went and checked Moriarity's albums and it looks like the exact same wheel.

    Man! He has some cool stuff!. The Atomic lawn mower was killer.
     
  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    These wheels were made for moon by Speedwell. They made steering wheels for sports cars .
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  9. Falcon Sprint
    Joined: Oct 1, 2012
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    The medallion/sticker/emblem on my wheel looks exactly like that the one pictured, only it is on the back of one of the spokes. I took my knife to the edge and it almost feels like it is embedded.

    Plus, all the wheels I have seen (in pics) appear to have satin or brushed spokes, my spokes are chrome.
     

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