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Colin,

As Pete says, It's not height (5 11) that's the problem, it's the width! I have to buy my Levis from USA as waist size not available in the UK. However, USA still cheaper even with postage and tax. Why is that?!!

Existing wheel is standard 14" happy with that, leather on the modern is nice but, I'm all for bling, so leaning towards wood.

Doug

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I’m not a fan of wooden wheels, I love a leather motolita though..... your car, so your choice, you may want to ‘feel’ a few first. I bought my first one at Stoneleigh many years ago where the stall had a huge variety to try out.

...... Andy 

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I have a 14.5 inch flat Motolita wood rim on my GT6. Boss was easy to fix and horn works with no issues on centre push.

The size and flat v. dished comes down to preferred driving position. I replaced the original flat 15 in wheel, which gave a great driving position for me, so stuck with something similar. 

I don't like the Club Shop wooden wheels - too chunky. Much prefer the more 'classic' wood rims.

Gully

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guess theres nothing wrong with the design but the mountney type the rim is riveted and clipped to the spokes can all get a bit 

creaky and movement developes.

My springalex is cut from a solid ring and  has the option of the snazzy polished horn centre if you want some 'bling' this dark and wet saturday

 doug, im sure if you google dial in a vent you get some strange replies   ha !

Pete

 

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7 hours ago, dougbgt6 said:

Gully,

Like it! Well, I like them all! Decisions, decisions.

Interesting dash, electric screen washer? And a dial in a vent!

 

Doug

Hi Doug

When I got the car the horn was wired to the aftermarket washer switch and I had the original wiper switch and steering wheel. The original wheel was tatty, despite me stitching on a leather cover and the horn push didn't work, plus the wiper switch was fine electrically and as a pump, but the mechanism waggled all over the place and it was only a matter of time before it broke! So one Christmas I fitted a new horn brush ring, boss and steering wheel, which relocated the horn to the centre of the wheel so I could use the washer switch to operate a newly fitted a electric washer pump that then allowed me to fit the 2 position Lucas rocker switch for the wipers. 

The voltmeter was installed in the eyeball vent by the previous owner - fits well, but I've been meaning to paint the silver bezel black to match the rest of the instruments for 4 years now...

The steering wheel is, if I recall correctly, a 1960s Jaguar fitmemt - I'm not a fan of the riveted ones (which are half an inch more in diameter), so it was ideal. I bought it as an ex-display model from a specialist on eBay. I actually bought the boss first from the Club shop, but they sold me the wrong one (down to Motolita listing the wrong one) - I found out when I went to fit it and the chap I bought the wheel from couriered the right one to me overnight during the Christmas period so I could finish the job. He knew all about the erroneous listing!

Gully

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  • 3 weeks later...

I think you will find that is good value, especially once you actually use a mota lita. Beautiful things,but difficult to explain why they are so good until you use one. OK, Momo are as good as are some others, but no comparison the Mountney but even tye arehead and shoulders above the cheap wheels out there.

Saying that, heard at Stoneleigh that a new Mountney had fallen apart in use. Spokes and rim parted company. Scary thought. Also heard a few tales of some wheels cracking on the spokes, and the manufacturer refusing to replace as they were not meant to be pulled about. Definitely a case where buying quality is the best value.... 

 

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41 minutes ago, dougbgt6 said:

Just got Rimmer's sale catalogue. Moto Lita leather rimmed flat steering wheels, for £179 INCLUDING boss. :o That's not a bad price! What's going on? I mean Rimmer's,  the Waitrose of the classic motoring world! 

Doug

Yes, their promotional catalogue landed on my doormat yesterday and when I flicked though and saw that offer I thought of you. Just check the boss comes with the horn pencil - the Motolita one works well with their boss and the original fit brush ring.

Gully

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OK ordered it and it arrived this morning. The boss is matt black and has Moto Lita in raised letters inside the casting. There's a hole for the horn pencil, so I assume it IS Moto Lita and the right one for the car.  Also there's a metal Triumph decal for the centre of the horn push. The wheel is matt black leather and the metal work suitably shiny, with Moto Lita engraving. It looks fantastic, a thing of beauty! :)I shall sit and look at it for the rest of the day.

 To buy the wheel and boss direct from Moto Lita costs almost £60 more, so a good deal from Rimmers. :wacko:

Doug

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Its all ok - it hadn't made the bin - but thanks!

But to add to the confusion - two questions - size and which one!

Mine is a August 77 Spitfire 1500 - Commission number FH102*** but the has this :

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Suitable for:
Triumph Spitfire Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, MkIV & 1500 to FH100020

and

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Items in this package:
  • 1 Moto-Lita Steering Wheel - 14 inch Leather - Flat
  • 1 Moto-Lita Steering Wheel Boss - TR6/Spitfire to 1978

on the one and 

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Suitable for:
Triumph Spitfire 1500 from FH100021

But with this one then saying:

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Items in this package:
  • 1 Moto-Lita Steering Wheel - 14 inch Leather - Flat
  • 1 Moto-Lita Steering Wheel Boss - Spitfire 1979 on

And is the same on the 13"

Or is the 78 model year so also includes the August 77 registration (It was built in April 77)

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