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I scanned quite a few pages in this forum and don't see any topics on replacing the steering wheel. Right off, my car is not bog standard and has a different interior. It's decent and I have no plans to go back to standard. Hence my question on non standard steering wheels. I very much love the nice anatomically designed wheels that are available and even have a reasonably nice Fittipaldi E3 wheel I decided not to use in my Sunbeam. Can this be done to an S1 and where does a person get a steering wheel adapter for these cars? I'll be replacing the shift knob as well, with a Momo since the car has one with a playboy bunny on it (?!) so we're talking personalizing the car a bit, not too much, but a bit. The standard wheel is in awful condition and has an dreadful steering wheel cover on it to hide more awfulness, no doubt. I have the wheel and the shift knob but need an adapter for the wheel. Does anyone here have experience doing this?

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Is it possible that the later cars (Stevens and later) are different in regards to Steering columns? I have located a couple threads regarding steering wheel replacement and while I didn't track every entry's source, it seems like they could all be Stevens or later cars. It could just be coincidence (or my imagination as well) but I thought it worth asking.

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I can speak to the issue of whether or not the steering boss for a Stevens car will work on a G-car, S1. As it turns out, it has nothing to connect to, the cast piece the steering wheel bolts to hasn't anything dimensionally in common with the boss. I got lucky with my Fittipaldi steering wheel, the adapter still attached to it worked in the Esprit. It needed a spacer (approx 1/4") to allow proper fit with the column covers and I'm pleased with the way it looks and works.

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