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melle
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Posted - 05 Aug 2019 :  22:13:51 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I'm tentatively looking for a wooden Moto Lita steering wheel with boss for my 96, preferably of this type (15"-16", no visible rivets, light-ish wood, slotted spokes, matt-finish):


(Photo borrowed from 1970V4 http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=146)

Condition not too important as long as it's serviceable. What have you got? Happy to swap for parts.

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RhysN
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Posted - 06 Aug 2019 :  13:17:34 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
When you have found one Melle, I would like the next one to come to hand.
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melle
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Posted - 06 Aug 2019 :  13:41:48 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
If the first one's too pricey for me you can have that one anyway. ;)

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melle
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Posted - 06 Aug 2019 :  20:13:29 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Looks like the one in above pic is a flat mahogany Moto Lita MK9 (or a look-alike), not sure if it's 15" or 16", I'll ask the owner. They're still for sale from Moto Lita, but I would prefer a used one; a new wheel would look completely out of place in my beat up car. If you have a separate boss or wheel available I'm also interested.

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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 09 Aug 2019 :  22:49:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I went to the Kempink Saab Museum today and he has one of these for sale. I took a couple of photos...




Apparently he bought in Sweden recently, it has never been fitted to a car. It is however an eye watering 575.00
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 10 Aug 2019 :  20:07:02 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
That looks great! Not cheap as expected, still hoping to find a used one and happy to do a deal with e.g. a 1.7 crank.

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Dynorog
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12 Aug 2019 :  20:37:58 Show Profile Reply with Quote
575 ! Ive got one on my Dennis my 2 stroke. Id better get it in a safety deposit box.
Cheers

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green96v4
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Canada
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Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  12:50:58 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
Melle I was told that SAAB steering columns are splined the same as Mini, might be worth searching for a Mini Mota-Lita and finding the SAAB horn button (they come up regularly on Tradera) - just a thought as it might be a cheaper route, not sure if you want fully SAAB authentic....
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melle
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Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  18:55:27 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
If so, I'd expect other BMC steering columns to have the same spline? I don't suppose Minis came with 15"/16" steering wheels, but my father in law has a Morris and I could try a wheel from his stock. Authenticity is the least of my worries fortunately, but I'm not too hopeful as all the bosses I've seen listed so far are specifically for Saab.

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RhysN
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Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  19:43:49 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Outcome of that will be interesting Melle.
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Dirtbiker
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Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  22:56:17 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
I've been thinking about one of these for the 96 too. What size is a standard steering wheel?
Did any SAABs (2 stroke Sport?) come with these as standard or perhaps they were in the S & R catalogue? I'll have a look and report back now I've had that thought...
Edit - No wood rimmed steering wheels in the 1972 catalogue (I guess not safe enough?) Loads of other cool stuff though!

Edited by - Dirtbiker on 14 Aug 2019 23:02:39
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green96v4
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Canada
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Posted - 15 Aug 2019 :  02:08:06 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
I have a leather Mountney steering wheel from one of the classic Coopers we used to import Ill see if it fits mine at the weekend
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 15 Aug 2019 :  13:33:47 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dirtbiker
Edit - No wood rimmed steering wheels in the 1972 catalogue (I guess not safe enough?)
Way too big for a race/ rally car!

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Dirtbiker
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Posted - 15 Aug 2019 :  23:19:32 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Good point about the size!
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green96v4
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Posted - 19 Aug 2019 :  12:16:47 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
Mini wheel didn't fit my column (not even close, way too small) - sorry for any misleading
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deggsie
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Posted - 04 Sep 2019 :  16:16:38 Show Profile Reply with Quote
There's one (or two) advertised on the Bay at the moment (for just over half what Anton's asking for the museum example), see https://ebay.us/wQEHZs - though these have visible rivets.

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Edited by - deggsie on 04 Sep 2019 16:18:30
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