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My car is a long way from being started but I need to source some pieces.  Might as well start sooner than later.  I can put the parts in my man room and day dream.  So if I'm going to copy John Oates car I think I need a Derrington style steering wheel.  Is a Lempert the way to go?  They look very nice.hall-oates-music-star-takes-delivery-of-outlaw-porsche-356

Phil Luebbert

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I know I'm missing something - but if you want a Derrington-style wheel, and you don't care to customize it - there's no real reason to get a custom Lempert wheel (that I can see, anyhow). As @Robert M and others have pointed out along the way, great looking, period-correct wheels are available for pretty short money, and without the interminable wait that is part of the Lempert process.

@550 Phil I have a 400mm but a 420mm was the size that was in most cars of the era and your right the big wheel helps with worm and roller steering boxes and I like the look which should not be a problem.

I keep pondering a 420mm VDM/Nardi this one below in a spyder from Petrolicious is solid spokes but the normal VDM on the Classico wheel site has Nardi style spokes but with a 9 hole hub and the horn is either closed like below or exposed and then there is the rivet question of course.

Personal choice is everything as you know,

but 400mm = 15.75inches.

and 420mm = 16.54 inches.



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Mike Lempert makes  great wheel (I have two), but they are pricey.

However, if you want a customized design, shape, etc. he will do that for you.  Specify the wheel design and size, rivet placement, and exotic wood.

As for rivets, here is one option.  I also like the down slope design of the wheel spokes, for ease of reading the gauge dials.

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I found this on the Moto-Lita site what is interesting is the bolt circle so to speak called PCD below, which shows Nardi vs Moto-Lita vs Derrington 9 bolt which are the hubs that we need to fit the wheels we have.   Steering wheel hub sizes are interesting without of course the orginala vw or P steering columns and hubs.





https://www.moto-lita.co.uk/ac...mo-or-nardi-adaptor/  Allows use of a Moto-lita wheel on a momo or nardi hub...



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Last edited by IaM-Ray

so many options.  Size, flat vs dished, 6 bolt nardi/momo vs 9 bolt hub style, horn ring and button, steering column spline sizing to fit preferred hub, and crash cage vs old school impalement rod.  Some threads options /ideas/ pictures;


https://www.speedsterowners.co...sw-my-steering-wheel

https://www.speedsterowners.co...teering-wheel-source

i have gone through 5/ 6 wheels since 2013.  Love my Lempert wheel…. The ISP DArrington style option is the one I use most ( currently on car) because of the 1” dish and preference for horn ring/ 9 bolt style, and wood coloring/design elements.

loved the MSW ( repo of original ivory wheel… solid wheel/ little flex)… but pulled it off until I can have the steering column modified  that fits it to include a crash cage.  I have been in no rush because I like the smaller 380mm of my lempert/ vdm/Darrington wheels vs larger msw 400mm sizing.

welcome to the madness.

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