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garyharman
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Hi Bill team and friends,

I remember a year or so ago "on another forum" that Bill was having trouble finding an exact match for the steering wheel for K7, did you ever find one or the original manufacturer?

Just thinking out loud.....

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The original manufacturer was Bluemells and they're long gone but a few of the classic car specialists have suggested it could be replicated. This is fair enough but they want to be paid and we don't do that on this project so when the time comes our infinitely resourceful crew will work out how to make a perfect copy. We're good like that.
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Thanks for that, I thought Bill (or someone) had said that you could buy one for £250 from somewhere.

just thinking out loud but I am wrong again,

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Thanks for that, I thought Bill (or someone) had said that you could buy one for £250 from somewhere.
You may have read somewhere that one outfit said they'd make a steering wheel but wanted £350 in tooling costs. That was fine until I pointed out that the tooling then belonged to us. They didn't like that idea at all, wanting to have their cake and eat it. I worked for many years as a supplier to the automotive industry and the minute you accepted tooling money you belonged to them. Supply at the price they ordered you to or they'd uplift their tooling and have some south American sweatshop make the same part a cent a unit cheaper. They can have the £350 but we keep the tools.
What's more likely is we'll design a process, make the tooling and knock out a batch of wheels. The best will go in the boat and the rest will be sold on eBay.
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An easier option may be to make an original CN7 paddle style wheel, and then swop it for the K7 type one currently fitted to CN7 at Beulieu ?

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Didn't know CN7 had the wheel we're after. That's interesting. Someone tried to give me one of those paddle-type wheels a while back too. Thought he was making a great donation to the project and was very disappointed when I said thanks but no. Didn't want to take his stuff for no good reason. Hmmm.
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Mike Bull wrote:If CN7 currently has a K7 type wheel fitted to it, that means there were at least three of them in existence at some point-

- One in K7

- One in CN7 now

- One in Filching now.

The only photo I know of with the K7 type wheel fitted to CN7 is on the box of the Merrythought Mr Whoppit- does Neil perhaps have any more?
I could have helped you out there. I had loads of pics I took at the NMM last summer when Donald Steven's arranged to show us round the car, and cockpit. They were all saved on my hard-drive, which crashed, and I have not got round to sending it to hard drive retrieval business yet! Might have something to do with the quoted cost £ 300 cost - my fault for not backing it up.
I must admit I was a bit disappointed to see CN7 had a wheel - which looked too big in terms of diameter, and therefore would lead to a cramped driving position in the rather short cockpit - rather than her original paddle type. When I get the pics retrieved, I will fwd them on.

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I don't want to pee on anyone's fireworks, but I'm not convinced that any of the other wheels are the correct size or spoke layout. Blumels archive has one order, for one wheel, and only one wheel was supplied for K7, hence the build pictures show the K4 prop-rider wheel, as the new wheel wasn't yet ready. As for CN7 yoke wheels, paperwork says only two made.
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f1steveuk wrote:I don't want to pee on anyone's fireworks, but I'm not convinced that any of the other wheels are the correct size or spoke layout. Blumels archive has one order, for one wheel, and only one wheel was supplied for K7, hence the build pictures show the K4 prop-rider wheel, as the new wheel wasn't yet ready. As for CN7 yoke wheels, paperwork says only two made.

I do think K7 had more than 1 3 spoke wheels. There are images of K7 in Ullswater 55 configuration with a Y shaped spoke layout. The wheel used later and in 66 /67 had 3 spokes, but the upper spokes dropped away from the hub slightly. This is the same configuration of the Filching wheel, which would be just the job if they would be willing to play ball...

CN7 has a wheel at the moment, not a yoke. Gina sold the Yoke with the crome spokes via Andy 3 years ago. I do know what has happened to the original black spoke yoke with the chute and control buttons that CN7 was equipped with when she took the record at Lake Eyre. It's at Filching..... :roll:
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Yes indeed, the invoice I have is for one wheel, ordered in June 1966.
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