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    Default DS Steering Wheel - can I change to first type.

    My 70's rubber steering wheel has melted like most others. Is it possible to switch back to the first type? Attachment 41157 Like this one? I guess the housing around the stalks must be sourced as well?
    Any advice welcome, and if you have such parts please PM me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Frog View Post
    My 70's rubber steering wheel has melted like most others. Is it possible to switch back to the first type? Attachment 41157 Like this one? I guess the housing around the stalks must be sourced as well?
    Any advice welcome, and if you have such parts please PM me.
    Thanks
    BF
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    So long as its a power steering column - I understand the union at the rack end is different for power racks and manual steer- it should fit late model.

    Personally I would just buy a new late model soft wheel, IMHO it fits the three dial dash (padded dash and column tops) better.

    PS: Good luck finding a good early/mid wheel that hasnt lost its plastic binding...!
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    No problems,I have just changed the one on my ,75 D Spec to one from a ,70 ds 21.And yes the tape was missingso I got some Italian steering wheel tape on ebay UK,looks and feels great.
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    Thanks for the replies,
    Brian if you had a link to the tape supplier that would be great, I unsuccessfully looked for a supplier some time ago.
    And if anyone has a power steering wheel of the first type I would love to hear from you.

    Cheers
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    I changed an earlier wheel from a manual steer type to power steering type. Machining, rolling and welding to be done, works perfectly.
    Bloody shame you can't buy the correct rim tape, but that was my solution.

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    Darrin sells the tape at Citroen Classics. http://shop.citroenclassics.co.uk/bl...heel-580-p.asp

    I replaced mine a while back... here's a pic.



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    1st type of steering wheel wrap was a round section very thin (3mm?) white vinyl cord.

    2nd type. Next came the profiled vinyl lacing in white, then black. Similar to that which mnm has shown above.

    The reproduced molded sponge type wheel as shown on 1971 models aren't as soft as the original, however they last quite well, had one on my Safari for 5 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richo View Post
    1st type of steering wheel wrap was a round section very thin (3mm?) white vinyl cord.
    The first type wrap is around 1.5mm diameter. I know as I'm probably one of very few who have actually re-wrapped one.
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    I've lovingly wrapped my hands around one.
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    Mel Carey had a couple of 70's rubber steering wheels fully restored like new. I should have asked him who and where this was done before he disappeared.


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    One minor bobble- if you replace the column with one earlier than '70, you lose the steering lock. You'll need to remove the two-piece collar fom your original column and replace it to the new one. Certainly not difficult, just something to consider.
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