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Some 69 Steering wheel observations
Posted by TRQ
on 12/27/2020, 9:43 am
Just some thoughts,the introduction of the interlocking columns and the flat designs of the steering wheels in 69 and 70 were kinda unique for sure. Who remembers the time it took to get used to interlocking columns, ignition keys not being on the dash face somewhere (I grabbed at a key that wasn't there for a long time), the round key necessary to open the door,not being able to remove the key on a stick or 4 speed car without being in reverse, and the stiff operation of the back drive rods on the 4 speed set ups. Let's not forget these God awful cross member mount Muncie shifters we all pay unbelievable prices for today. Hard to mount a Sun tach also. And the clutch safety switches. Played hell honking the horn, had to get used to hitting the two little buttons. And least we forget the first time we had to change a turn signal switch without the special GM snap ring compression tool from the dealer. With all that in mind, I still feel the 69-70 steering wheel itself was cool looking, and very different, as different as the interlock system itself. And very modern appearance. I know many folks prefer the wood wheel over the stock set up, but personally, I never had the desire to have one, just because I like the wheel used those two years. No doubt, the wood wheel is cool also, but the flat wheel kinda marks the era in my opinion. Another thing I remember was our hippie days back then, and that flat cross bar was perfect for rolling a joint going down the street, kinda like a little shelf of sort, just right for your Zig-Zag 1.5's. The good old days.