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Hi all, noob here.

I've been searching for a decent replica steering wheel for my 68' Bullitt project. Can't really justify the silly money asked for a genuine NOS Shelby wheel, but am hoping for something very close. I have even emailed Motolita (who offer a custom made service at reasonable prices) to see if they will make me one. Awaiting the outcome there.

The commonly suggested ones like a Grant or GT3 are just not close enough for my liking... Some don't even have 4 holes per spoke or a nice long, solid looking polished alloy boss. Others have a tiny little horn push that screams WRONGNADO!
I don't expect perfection, but the basics must be right.

I have seen a guy selling modified "the 500" wheels with a Shelby horn button etc. But again it just looks far too different from the Shelby wheels (an obvious fake from 10 yards away) for me.

Anyway found another source that's pretty good? [COLOR="Red"]
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Thanks guys. The deep dish 15" has some potential, as I could get it leather wrapped down here in Australia for around $250 USD. Problem is its still only a 3 hole spoke.

At this stage a performance GT3 black foam, is the closest I've found.
perhaps with a nice alloy boss kit and some clever machining of the horn push to allow fitting of a properly sized Shelby emblem, it could work.
Only thing is its black foam rather than stitched leather. But then they do sell a skinnier rimmed wood version that again could be covered here.
So I'll ask the local specialist at leather shoeing steering wheels whats best (diameter wise).

My Motolita query was a dead end. They can replicate the frame to some degree (no more than a cheap GT3 really), but their horn push is nothing like it.

Decisions decisions!

Anyway anyone see something better, let us know...

I would have posted a photo of the GT3 but for some reason I can't?

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I know it's a little smaller in diameter but I've always thought these Nardi wheels were pretty close.

http://www.mrsteeringwheel.com/nardi...-5061-36-6300/

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True, the are not bad. And they are on my list of maybes. Not that much smaller at 14.1" either as I understand the originals were metric (375mm?) and so not quite 15". Those Nardi Classics are a very nice wheel...

Only thing is they are completely flat (Shelby FIV Secura had maybe an inch to 1.5" of dishing) so need a long spacer with the boss and also need to be shoed in black leather. They are already not a cheap wheel ($500 with post), so you are up to maybe $1K by the time you are done. Not that much less than what you can buy an original FIV Secura Mustang wheel for on eBay (one there for $1500 now), and that's the real deal, made to fit, and only needs leather wrapping to be Bullitt perfect.

If Nardi made one in black leather I'd be very interested... So I've emailed them through their Italian website to ask if they would. They do say they do custom wheels but only with minimum run numbers. We'll see.

But thanks, I appreciate you looking and as I say that wheel is on the list of possibles. At present I'm leaning towards making my own from several source. Plan is;

- NOS slightly damaged FIV Secura wood wheel for another make,
- Get it leather bound, then
- Mount it on a polished alloy long boss kit and,
- Fit a Shelby horn push from Brandas.

Should work with any luck, and look right. (?) Gotta get the rumoured wheel first!

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Well I bit the bullit (one T) and bought an old FIV Secura wheel in need of a restoration. Having said that its only the wood is cracked in a couple of places and that's completely hidden by the leather wrap that's Bullitt standard. But at least its the right wheel - 1960's FIV Secura with a 3-3/4"dish, just as McQueen fitted in 1968.

The spokes are perfect and the centre is complete, albeit the horn is a bit old looking. So I've bought a new horn lens unit and Shelby emblem from Branda's...
Wasn't cheap but will still be much less than buying one from that place on eBay that sells what they claim are "genuine" Shelby wheels, using what looks a lot like ex FIAT or VW Secura wheels with other peoples boss kits. Some of them don't even have the right dish shape...

Anyway it will be a while before I'll finish it, but I'll post some photos here one day.
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And after all that, as some may know, Feroce have started selling an excellent replica for about $315 USD (base wheel only, you have to buy the horn push unit {$180} and column sleeve {$18} to complete it, so $510 USD + postage all up). Available through Scott Drake.

https://www.cjponyparts.com/scott-dr...-1973/p/STW62/

Get your local motor trimmer to cover it in thinly padded black leather and voila! You have a pretty much movie correct wheel. The only thing missing is the FIV engraving, which I suppose if you are a real forger you could have done by an engraver, as their modern machines can do such things well. I imagine the new Feroce horn push is better internally than the old FIV wheel was (mine). They were known for short circuits... (mine is modded to avoid this).

Anyway whilst it make my effort a bit of a waste, it does advance the cause of Bullitt replica makers. It one less obstacle in the way of an authentic replica.
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