Steering wheel

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Wrigs2019
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Steering wheel

Post by Wrigs2019 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:45 pm

Just took delivery on my car on Friday and am easing into the restoration with some small projects. My first goal is to restore the steering wheel. I’ve discover a split in the wood along the top third of the wheel that has been exposed to the sun. It’s a sizable crack maybe 2mm. I was thinking about just filling it with epoxy and sanding it. I’ve read about steaming the wood clamping it to get the wood to come back together. Anybody have any experience with this or suggestions?
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Re: Steering wheel

Post by enio45 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:55 pm

no experience doing repairs but i have a guy that we use for yrs that does amazing work at very reasonable prices.....if interested in going that route, let me know.

My ellena wheel had some major cracks in the wood and he redid it 4 yrs ago and it still looks like new.
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Melchior
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Re: Steering wheel

Post by Melchior » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:05 am

I have sent my steering wheel to NARDi - they restored it perfectly for about Euro 850,-
The contact person is Ms. Carla Moiana, the contact data is:

Nardi Personal
Via Vittorio Veneto 85
Tradate 21049
VA, Italy
Tel: +39 0331 811118

Believe me it is worth both, the effort of sending and the money - no way that someone without the experience and handcraft like the workers from Nardi can do that in this perfect quality. I also learned that the early steering wheels have the black stripe made of an inlayed vinyl whereas the later models were painted a black stripe - big difference how to treat this when restoring.

I was so overwhelmed that I sent the factory fitted oroginal steering wheel of my Austin Healy also to Nardi - same result, perfect restoration.

Good luck and best regards, Martin

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Re: Steering wheel

Post by Melchior » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:22 am

Here are the pics - the picture where the wheel is fixed to my GTE is the ‚before‘ - note the vinyl stripe in the left corner down
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Wrigs2019
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Re: Steering wheel

Post by Wrigs2019 » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:24 pm

So I ended up using slow set epoxy that I got at Walmart for 10 bucks. I injected the epoxy into the crack using a blunt needle and 10cc syringe I liberated from the hospital. After the epoxy set, I used a razor to scrape off the excess epoxy before sanding. Stained the wood and used a spray on polyurethane to finish. Final result was a perfectly imperfect steering wheel. :lol:
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Re: Steering wheel

Post by Wrigs2019 » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:31 pm

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Re: Steering wheel

Post by tyang » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:24 am

Hi Clint,

Good job!

Wait until you put your son to work polishing those wire wheels. Those little fingers come in handy!

Tom
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