Meet Snow White, my 1970 N-code Dodge Polara Convertible

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The first car that I could remember that my Dad had was an early to mid 1950's DeSoto. I'll have to check with my sister and find out if she still has a picture of that car with me and my Dad.
 

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is there a code on the fender tag that says the car has a wood-grain wheel, or is it on the broadcast sheet and isn't it code S81?

The code for the simulated woodgrain steering wheel is indeed S81. Here is a list of all the steering wheel choices on the 1970 senior Dodge cars (courtesy of the Hamtramck Registry):

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Not on the tag, it's on the BS

FWIW, I have never seen the code for a woodgrain wheel on a fusie C-body tag either. To wit, here is the tag of DH23L0D301864 -- the donor car for the steering wheel in my post above:

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In the same vein, while I have seen the tilt (S61) and tilt/telescoping (S62) steering wheel option codes stamped on fender tags, I have never seen the rimblow option alone (S83) other than on a broadcast sheet.
 
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Agree with Dave on the wheel but this issue of what ends up on the fender tag vs the broadcast sheet has perplexed me since day one. There are numerous threads discussing this issue. I recall one where someone found 2 sheets for his car with different option codes for the wheels. It might also depend on who was hung over on the assembly line that day LOL.
 

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Not on the tag, it's on the BS

Thanks Dave, it's weird though because I'm looking at the broadcast sheets on the 3rd column for the S/23 and they both say under steering wheel 16 TT, what the hell is that another way of saying wood-grain?
 

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Agree with Dave on the wheel but this issue of what ends up on the fender tag vs the broadcast sheet has perplexed me since day one. There are numerous threads discussing this issue. I recall one where someone found 2 sheets for his car with different option codes for the wheels. It might also depend on who was hung over on the assembly line that day LOL.

The superlite is never listed .
Steering wheel type isn't listed wheel type isnt listed ... You are correct , plenty not listed.
 
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OK, it's been a while since I last provided an update on Snow White. Here goes.

First, as noted above, thanks to Wyatt's memory of a 1970 parts-car Monaco that had been advertised for sale back in spring 2019 (but had not yet sold), I managed in December to snag a correct-for-1970 woodgrain steering wheel. A month or so ago, I sent the wheel to Allen J. Tepper in Ohio for restoration. I posted the "before" picture of my wheel above. Here are the "after" pictures, right before a few days of curing and shipping back to me. Very, very nice job from Mr. Tepper!

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Since my wheel came from a blue car (EB3/EB3), its pad was blue -- and I wanted a black one to match the rest of Snow's L2X9 interior. Wyatt also gets credit for sourcing the correct horn pad. Here it is, all shined up by Wyatt.

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Here is the wheel after being put back together. It will get installed last, after all the other items on my list have been fixed.

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Second, the seller had advertised that the car would not brake properly despite his replacing the brake booster. Turns out he bought and installed the wrong one -- not OK for a C. Luckily, he had kept the original booster, and so I sent the latter to the Power Brake Booster Exchange (aka "Booster Dewey") for rebuilding. It was actually Booster Steve who did the job and communicated with me. Bottom line, the original came back in great shape. Wyatt installed it yesterday. The pedal-travel problem has been solved! Here are pics of the rebuilt original booster (RHS) and of the incorrect booster (LHS).

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Third, the seller gave Snow a tune-up last fall, but the spark plug wires he chose -- while well rated -- were not my favorites. I prefer, if possible, factory-correct. I have ordered a repop set from Lectric Limited that @Big_John has recommended, as I did for Medina last year. Since Snow was slated for production in February 1970, I chose the option of the Q3-1969 date code. Of course, I will not be wasting the perfectly good set of Taylor 8mm Spark plug wires that came with Snow -- they'll be installed on Ming, my 1973 New Yorker Brougham, as Lectric Limited does not manufacture wires for 1973's and Ming needs new ones as part of a tune-up.
 
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I managed in December to snag a correct-for-1970 woodgrain steering wheel. A month or so ago, I sent the wheel to Allen J. Tepper in Ohio for restoration. I posted the "before" picture of my wheel above. Here are the "after" pictures. Very, very nice job from Mr. Tepper!

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Since my wheel came from a blue car (EB3/EB3), its pad was blue -- and I wanted a black one to match the rest of Snow's L2X9 interior. Wyatt also gets credit for sourcing the correct horn pad. Here it is, all shined up by Wyatt.

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Here is the wheel after being put back together. It will get installed last, after all the other items on my list have been fixed.

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Thank you for the update Ayilar! Damn that steering wheel looks fantastic, great work done by Mr. Tepper and Wyatt. Hats off to them. Looking forward to hearing more on Mrs. White soon
 

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Well, it seems that Wyatt could not wait. Can’t blame him! Here is a photo he just sent me of Snow White with her restored woodgrain wheel on. The wheel that was in the car when I bought it is resting on the passenger seat.

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Now the dash woodgrain looks ...old.

Nope, just the light. Surprisingly, Dodge used different wood grains for different parts of the interior. I don't know if they looked the same when new, as I was not around to check, but I’ve yet to see one that has not aged differently. That’s true even of Poppy, my other Polara ‘vert, which has mere 33k pampered miles and has always been stored inside.

PS: this said, I have plans for a full detail before the summer driving season!
 
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:thumbsup: Here is another pic of the car that Wyatt took today. Ain’t she beautiful?

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Next up are a fan change (being done by Wyatt as I type this post over a coffee break) and a new exhaust. I had a great experience with Waldron for Medina, so will order the correct dual from them for Snow White.
 
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