Upgrading your 1976 Corvette’s Steering Wheel

1976_brchr-dashA_a.jpgWe get many inquiries from owners of 1976 Corvettes on the options they have to upgrade their steering wheel.  It seems that the OEM wheel bears an uncanny resemblance to the one that Chevrolet specified for the basic transportation device known as the Vega.  Our product technical reps have come up with a remedy that will allow the use of a 1977-82 wheel on the 1976 steering column, with specific guidelines for cars with or without the Tilt & Telescopic feature:

Installing a 1977-1982 steering wheel onto a 1976 steering column

The 1976 column is very similar to the 77-82 column, both the standard and the T&T (tilt and telescopic) columns.

You can adapt the 77-82 leather wrapped wheel in place of the “Vega” steering wheel. You will have to locate some of the attaching hardware for the steering wheel and the telescoping feature since the 76 wheel was unique to that year.

NOTE: Since the early T&T columns  telescoped 2.1 inches while the later columns only 1.3 inches, you may notice if you adapt the later wheel, that when you telescope the wheel all the way to the rear, you will find a small gap appearing between the lower edge of the extension and the top of the column head.

However, most drivers want more arm reach not less, so rarely pull the wheel all the way to the rear.

For T&T columns, we have recently introduced a new kit that contains everything required except for the steering wheel (several available separately).

yb.dllPart number for the new kit is 563066, and it includes the following:
563034 Steering Wheel Hub – New
563354 Steering Column Bell with T & T
342225 Steering Wheel Mount Screw – Except 76
562138 Tele Steering Column Ring Spacer
563036 Tele Column Lock Ring – Except 76
563110 Horn Contact Button Retainer with Tele
343008 Horn Contact Screw with Tel
563106 Horn Button Kit with T & T

Price: $189.00

For non-T&T columns you will need:

Part name GM number CC number Price
Hub 3937896 563026 49.00
Horn button 3957946 563105 47.95
Horn button retainer 3937897 563111 19.95
Retainer screws Set of 3 341226 2.50
Horn “brush” 474102 562120 5.75
Canceling cam 7812210 563116 11.95
Steering wheel screws Set of 6 342225 3.95
Steering wheel Several available

Most parts will be pictured on our web site www.corvettecentral.com

2 thoughts to “Upgrading your 1976 Corvette’s Steering Wheel”

  1. Where can I possibly get a kit to upgrade my 1976 Corvette steering wheel from the stupid Vega wheel that it has? I’m not finding anything anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Hello, I really like your steering wheel upgrade. I have a 1977 White vette with red interior. So, will this work with the 1977? Please let me know.

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