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    Posted: 28-November-2009 at 4:26PM
This S&H car YouTube video shows a steering wheel that might be stock or an aftermarket replica. Does anybody know if there were actual Sport Steering Wheels available through Ford dealers for Torino's from 72 to 79?
 
Would this be what it looked like, and who made them for Ford?
 
 
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 1:14AM
Yes they were made by Ford I had one on my Torino for a long time, it replaced my rim blow wheel, when I retired it. In fact I just sold mine to Psquare for his Cougar.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 4:08AM
What emblems were available for the middle? Here's one that has a chrome horn button in the middle, it would be cool to see a brochure from that time that shows the sport steering wheel dealer options.
 
 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport dash shot. by torinodave72.   


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 4:31AM
Here's another steering wheel I've never seen on a Torino. Anybody have one on their car? 
 
Science and Mechanics March 1972 Torino road test-2 by torinodave72.
Info on 72 Torino Rallye Equipment Group by torinodave72.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 4:35AM
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I´ve seen those Wheels a lot on the 79-85 Ford Mustangs.
I would like to know what Diameter the have?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 4:55AM
The trucks used them too . They had a Ford Blue oval emblem in the center. Thatis what I used on mine when i bought ii in 1981 . Other cars had a Crest type emblem another had a Stallion emblem. The picture that you posted is what came on my car when it was new. That's the 3 spoke Rim Blow wheel.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 10:02AM
Originally posted by GranTorinoMan GranTorinoMan wrote:

What emblems were available for the middle? Here's one that has a chrome horn button in the middle, it would be cool to see a brochure from that time that shows the sport steering wheel dealer options.
 
 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport dash shot. by torinodave72.   


This is from the Grant Classic Series.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 1:42PM
The Rim Blow wheel was on all '72 & '73 Montego GT's but with a different center emblem.
I've seen the Torino center emblem on eBay from time to time so you'd be able pick up a Mustang or Montego GT rim blow wheel and swap the emblem out.
There are also a few places that do rim blow restorations but it 'aint cheep!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 3:24PM
The same rim blow was available for Mustangs  and Cougars (factory option) from '69-73 for sure.  I had one on my first car, a '69 Mach1. Most of these go for $250-$300, some sellers want $800-$1,000 but they never sell. 
I picked up a green Cougar wheel (restorable) for under $100 off ebay and I plan to restore it myself this winter.  From there you can swap out the pad for the right one or if you have the right pad you can switch the center emblem.
Most of these have cracks where the 3 spokes join the wheel and along the hand grip, so to find a cherry one unrestored is difficult.  The rim blow rim costs about $100 to replace, but if you have one that is spotty you can usually get them working again- I did with my first car.
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Edit:  Ford also offered a lesser-known 2-spoke wheel that is rim-blow, but everyone seems to want the 3-spoke.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2009 at 3:34PM
I have a sport wheel with the 3 crest "Torino" center cap. I'd be willing to sell the button for the right price.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 12:59AM
I bought my Torino new and the steering wheel had the torino center emblem my car was built in April 73. the wheel was an option BTW.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 4:24AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

I have a sport wheel with the 3 crest "Torino" center cap. I'd be willing to sell the button for the right price.


 
Can you post a picture of the Torino CP and your steering wheel, thanx. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 5:52AM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 6:03AM
I like that piece. I have a 1972 factory Cruise piece I plan on using, rim blow wheel. Only problem is the rim blow switch is not cheap.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 6:09AM
Years ago when I first got my Elite, I had a '71 Lincoln Mark III parts car. I tried the rim blow wheel. I found it REALLY annoying. I kept honking the horn moving the car around the yard.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-November-2009 at 8:48AM
 My 74 torino with the 460 pi , had a rim blow it looks good ,but come cold weather the horn part is solid like a rock .  It was phased out due to not working in cold conditons. The sport wheel was used in to early 80's mustangs. Beware of this steering wheel as there is one that has a horn button and locks the steering and the 79 to 82 mustang model where the horn is on the steering column as well as the locking unit.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-December-2009 at 3:57AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

Years ago when I first got my Elite, I had a '71 Lincoln Mark III parts car. I tried the rim blow wheel. I found it REALLY annoying. I kept honking the horn moving the car around the yard.
 
I'm going to buy a Sport steering wheel first, if the centre cap doesn't have the Torino crest
you show in the picture I'll find out the price you want for your cap, thanx. 
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