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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by staleg, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. staleg
    Joined: Jan 8, 2004
    Posts: 241














    The centre is from Ebay, but I added screws on it for a more racy look.
  2. pugs
    Joined: Dec 18, 2008
    Posts: 499

    from Hamburg Pa

    nice work on the wheel.
  3. trammel
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 102


    Good job and well done
  4. peter johnson
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 203

    peter johnson

  5. Nice, how long did it take to build?
  6. duchan
    Joined: Mar 29, 2008
    Posts: 60

    from Antigo, WI

    Great job, what kind of wood did you use?
  7. putz
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 553

    from wisc.

    great ! very talented .........
  8. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    I just bought a Grant Classic walnut wheel for my Galaxie...yours looks much, much better!
  9. looks like a scaled down version of an old jaguar wheel or something, well done
  10. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,843


  11. Nice Job! I made my dragsters steering wheel with cherry wood. They are a fun project. Yours is absolutey georgious.
  12. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,925


    Very very nice!
    Takes some talent and patience to do that.
    Great job!
  13. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Beautiful! Very well done!
  14. ChassisResearchKid
    Joined: Feb 18, 2006
    Posts: 764

    from Michigan

    Very tastfully done.
  15. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,707

    from Locust NC

    Very nice, I think you could make a few bucks selling those. Good job!
  16. harley man
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 152

    harley man

    Looks very nice.Has anyone done one with some dish in it?
  17. chevy3755
    Joined: Feb 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,042


    very nice craftsmanship..
  18. I always like to read the posts from the hambers in the Scandinavian countries because you guys must have a special gene in your DNA for making things from scratch. We buy stuff over here, you fellas just make your own. Great job,man. I may do that myself since I can't decide on a wheel for my project.
    What kind of hub are you using?
  19. RAF
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 432

    from MA.

    Absolutely beautiful!!
  20. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,340

    from Indiana

    Great looking wheel! Send it to me and I'll tell everyone it was built by a famous Norweigan car builder, great advertisment! :D:D:D LOL
    Really nice job!
  21. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    Takin orders?
    Thats real craftsmanship right there.
  22. 69f100
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 734

    from So-Cal

    this is going to be one of the details on a car that when you say you did it your self, people will call you for a liar. awesome
  23. Beauty. You should sell them!
  24. staleg
    Joined: Jan 8, 2004
    Posts: 241


    I'm flattered. Since that's exactly what I tried to do: Make a scaled down version of a typical, non dished, british vintage sports car wheel.

    Even if I'm very deep into hot rodding, I must admit that I love the interior design on vintage british sports cars.

    The hub is Ebay stuff inteded for GM columns.

    The wood is birch plywood. 1/2" at the back (beacause of the finger grips) and 3/8" on the front. Plywood with extra few layers. Only 5 on the 3/8" and 7 on the 1/2".

    The rims are 3/16" aluminum. Same as on the classic British Moto-Lita steering wheels.

    Cutting out the aluminum was the biggest job. Mostly because of my lack of high quality tools. I did most of it with a hole saw and a grinder with flap disc.

    Cutting and sanding the wood was easier.

    I'm not sure how many hours of effective work, but it really wasn't that much. Maybe 10 hours?
    I did lot of homework on the design, tow. Made up an exact working sheet, asked several kit car Cobra owners about their steering wheels dimensions etc etc.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  25. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,558


  26. That is just about what I was telling my wife as I was looking at the steering wheel! It is embarassing to me when people say things like "yankee ingenuity" when there are talented people all over this globe. The scandinavian rodders that post here seem to be a resourceful and talented bunch.
    Very good job!!

  27. Very cool! I was just looking at this one last night thinking how elegant it was yet it looked like something I could make in the shop. ('64 XKE)


    Well done sir!

    Sent from my iPhone using TJJ sucka!
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  28. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    look good. i plan on building my own wheel too.. just cause i like to work with wood. and i have some pretty exotic wood scraps that would look great in a wheel.. was not sure o the thickness.. but see you mention it. will save this for reference and show mine when i get it build down the road.. need a car firs to build. lol. thanks for showing.. im really bad about building things my stuff just to see if i can. last winter i built a full size arcade machine that can play 5000.00 games using emulator called mame. google mame you get the ghist of it.. every shop needs a bar top arcade to bring back our pacmn days :D
  29. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,395


    what a beautiful job making your steering wheel , outstanding

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