Rob Kinnan
August 1, 1999

Step By Step

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Before...
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...and after. The pad covering the spokes pulls off to access the retaining bolt and horn button wiring.
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With any Grant wheel, you’ll need an installation kit. The instructions appear to be written in 1970, and they confused us more than anything. It’s pretty obvious how everything goes together, though, so we ignored them.
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The first step is to remove the plastic trim piece on the column, just behind the wheel. It snaps loose at the turn signal stalk. Then, pull the horn button off, disconnect the wires to it, and remove the steering shaft bolt.
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Sometimes you’ll get lucky and can yank the wheel off by hand. It worked for us. If it’s stubborn, you’ll have to use a steering wheel puller, available at any parts store.
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The wheel comes attached to a metal adapter, which bolts to this aluminum adapter (arrow). The black cover plate is sandwiched between them. Slip the aluminum adapter on the column (making sure the little arrow points up when the wheels are straight).
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Run the wires through the cover plate, then into the adapter that’s pre-bolted to the wheel. Attach the two adapters together with the three shouldered bolts included (but don’t overtighten them). Reinstall the center bolt and tighten it good. The last step is to hook up the horn button wires, and wrap the leather cover over the spokes of the wheel.
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We removed the assembly from the column to show how the aluminum adapter mates with the contacts for the horn and cruise control (arrow). There are no cruise control adapters available for this model of wheel, so if you want to keep your cruise, choose another style. We liked this one the best, and our cruise didn’t work anyway. The back of the adapter is a copper conductor. And notice the spring: We left it in place, and when we tightened down the center bolt it bound up the column and prevented it from turning. We removed the spring and it works fine.

Stock Mustang steering wheels are not pretty. Sure, they serve the basic purpose of allowing you to steer the car, and they’re not really ugly, but they don’t inspire a performance bent, either. Thankfully, bolting on an aftermarket wheel is brutally simple, and usually doesn’t require any special tools. You may have to buy a steering wheel puller, but any decent parts store will have one for less than $10. We installed a Grant model No. 1026 Sportivo three-spoke tiller on our ’87 LX in about an hour, and that includes taking the photos.