1977 GMC Palm Beach

Our resto-mod RV, 2002 to present


Steering Wheel


The steering wheel was falling apart. The previous owner had covered it but it just didn't feel safe as it moved in your hands. I first asked on GMCMotorhome mailing list and got some suggestions. I went to Jeg's (high perf store with plenty of hot-rod supplies. Cheapest wheel was $59 plus a $15 adaptor, and it looked cheap too. Next off to the junk yard. I found that there were very few steering wheels in the cars in the yard. I wondered about why others needed this many replacement wheels. I first found a wheel in a Chevy S10 pickup, about 1990 model. Removed it and went on. Next I found a GMC Safari mini-van with a GMC logo no less. I removed it also. Next I found a nice leather wrap wheel in a compact car, started to remove it but the center cap broke from sun rot. Left it and headed home.
Cost: $7.00 (plus another $7 for the extra wheel)
Time: 1 hour at the junk yard, 30 minutes to change.
Tools needed: sockets up to 7/8", wheel puller ($14 at Autozone), screw drivers.

6/1/2002

 

Notice the horn connector to the top left of center below. There must be a hole in the steering wheel you choose. Both the Chevy and GMC wheels that I picked would work here.

























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