Aug 25, 2015 update to the Tornado Typhoon project car

Wood and Chrome

It turns out the lightning bolt emblem on the steering wheel is from a Bugeye Sprite.
The Raydyot mirrors were found at a Sunbeam club swap meet for about $50.

As we have discussed earlier, there is no one right way to build a Tornado Typhoon. You just need to make choices that would have been common in the late ‘50s or early ‘60s when you choose pieces like the rear view mirrors or steering wheel.

We found the NOS (New Old Stock) Personal steering wheel at a vendor while at Watkins Glen for a vintage racing event. For $40 we thought the look and size would be just right. We dug through our box of hubs and shockingly, found one that had the correct splines. We then re-drilled the wheel to fit, and voila, we had a great looking period-correct wheel.

The center hub is a new version of the same one that came on our car. It turns out it’s the lightning bolt emblem from a Bugeye Sprite.

The Raydyot mirrors were found at a Sunbeam club swap meet for about $50. They are NOS and we have seen this type of mirror on many late-‘50s sports racers.

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