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Hot Rods a busted 36 caddy steering wheel, a barstool and a mig welder

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rocky, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Some time ago I bought this 36 caddy steering wheel on line and when it got to me it had broken stainless spokes. I had no way to weld the small, spindly spokes and I'd planned to put a different rim on it anyway.
    Welp, the other day I was over at my buddy, Larry's shop and I spied this stainless hoop hanging on his wall. I told him I've been looking for a long time for just such a hoop but had zero luck finding one and asked him where he got his. He'd saved it from a broken bar stool ....the part you put your feet on while drinking your favorite beverage. I slapped my forehead with my palm "Of course!" He gave it to me when I told him why I wanted it and tonight Mrs Rocky is outta town so I played in the garage. I welded a stainless backing over the broken spokes and tac'd it all together, cut the extra parts off and welded it up. Its' solid as a rock but I still have a few hours ahead of me cadhoop.jpg cadhoopholes.jpg cadwheelb4.jpg making it all Purdy.
    I haven't decided what to do about the mounting holes in the hoop yet but I did find a perfect spring to go beneath the horn button to hold it all in place. The horn ring is pretty corroded so I have to figure out what to do with it...maybe even delete it, I dunno yet. Was a fun project and I may try it on my 34.
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  2. I laid the hoop over the wheel to get an idea what it would look like and loved it! cadwheeltrial.jpg cadwheelweldedback.jpg cadwheelweldedfront.jpg
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  3. It's gona take a bunch of work to make it pretty and my welding may need some more attention but overall I like it.
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  4. esrbuilders
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
    Posts: 59


    Nice job great idea
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  5. Gee, thanks. Aren't you guys the ones that built that award winning 40 coupe that won the Ridler Award?
  6. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
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  7. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,032


    Rocky, looks like a Great start! Can't wait to see it done.
  8. Nice wheel,glad you can save it.
  9. Looks like its going to turn out good. But reading the title, I thought this was going to be a funny joke or story...:confused:
  10. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,386


    Nice job Rocky, but I was hoping for some funny shit to go along with the story too! Something like you were drunk one night and feel off a bar stool and while laying on the floor looking up you noticed the round foot rest and thought I have been looking for that for a long time...
  11. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 874


    I like. Great idea.
  12. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,992


    Great minds think alike. A buddy and I scrapped a couple of similar bar stools last year. When we got the footrests off, it occurred to me that they were the perfect size for a steering wheel, so I saved them. I haven't given much thought about what else I was going to do, but this is a great idea; I'm glad you posted as I now have a direction to go. I'll be haunting the swaps for an appropriate donor wheel.

    Thanks for the idea.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019
  13. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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  14. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,386

    Kiwi 4d

    Its done now . But it might have been nicer to cut a slot in the rim and let the spokes into it then smooth it off , I think the bumps on the back are going to be a royal pain.
    We had a 53 Anniversary “K” wheel that was totaly roached on the rim . Found what I presume was an old English steering wheel of some sort for $5 complete with box, it was steel and had finger grips spot welded on all the way around and was only 16” so it still allowed clearance for your fingers and the horn ring.
  15. esrbuilders
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
    Posts: 59


    No that's not me, just a little guy with small shop
  16. OK..I spent some quality time sanding, cleaning, polishing this wheel while watching the NASCAR race this afternoon. It looks pretty good so far but those clunky welded spoke-to-rim connectors are still pissing me off. I gotta come up with something better. caddywheel.jpg
    And I still don't know what to do with those holes in the rim...maybe I'll just leave them so people will believe me when I say it's a barstool footrest ring.
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  17. Snegrah
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 251

    from Pacifica

  18. Man, I love it when the missus goes outta town for a whole weekend!!! caddywheelinprogress.jpg
  19. I have a nice "ribbon" of tanned buffalo hide...might teach myself to do just that!
  20. caddywheelspokes.jpg
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  21. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,386

    Kiwi 4d

    Any updates on progress Rocky?
  22. got warm here [winter's over, finally] so I've been driving the shit outta my hot rod and doing yard work...The 36 caddy wheel sits for awhile.
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