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I made a steering wheel for my coupe.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kevin Lee, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
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    Kevin Lee
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    I wanted to make a steering wheel that combined the delicate and deliberate machined look of early GP and Indy car parts with the unmistakable look of a four spoke Bell.

    Something that would not look out of place in anything from an early lakes roadster to an Auto Union or Miller. I know I set my sights a high with that, but in the end I got the wheel I wanted and I think it's cool.

    This one is a prototype of sorts. Grips are hardwood but currently bare and the finish on the rivets is not perfect - but pretty damn close for something that was a piece of 1/4" plate and a stack of wood in the morning, and going through final assembly later that night before we left for the Roundup.

    Thinking I might do a limited run with several material options for the rim.

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  2. Pothole 31A
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    Pothole 31A

  3. roosters hot rods
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    roosters hot rods

  4. Defisch
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 181

    from Hudson FL.

    Very Cool, I like it.

  5. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 673

    Steve Ray

    Great work! I like it.
  6. Very nice. Will it be wrapped or finished(stained, tounge oil,...)?
  7. Crusty Nut
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
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    Crusty Nut

    very nice. How big is it?
  8. very nice,kev! good job
  9. very cool kevin!
  10. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
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    from Texas

    How much if you make me one? Very cool
  11. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
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    Looks great Kev. Are the fasteners that hold the wood on brass?

  12. poorboy
    Joined: Feb 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,437


    thats a good lookin steering wheel!
  13. Sweet !! Did you make two ?? >>>>.
  14. general gow
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    general gow
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    groovy. nicely done.
  15. Kevin Lee
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    Good eye - the fasteners are actually loveless bolts. Brass in the middle and aluminum around the outside. These are the kind that give you a sort of birds-eye effect after they're finished. But I got a bit crazy trying to get it done in time so that particular part of the wheel doesn't look great, even though all of the individual pieces fit together perfectly.

    The final version would use something like a corby rivet that would finish off as a solid looking piece. Nicer I think. And I guess the material would depend on the kind of wood, or whatever the person buying it would want?
  16. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
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    I think you might have found a new business. Im sure you would sell many.
  17. Brandi
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
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    Hey, that's pretty darn slick. Nice work!
  18. Ryan
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    from Austin, TX
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    It's gorgeous in person... Heavy and tactile.
  19. Toast
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
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    from Jenks, OK

    Wow! that thing is cool! Maybe a little too cool for you!:rolleyes: You better send it to me!:D:D
  20. pan-dragger
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
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    wow!! thats bitch'n......

    how much?
  21. fab32
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    Member Emeritus

    Better post the particulars on this one. I'm certain there will be some interest.

  22. Kevin Lee
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    Kevin Lee
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    I'm not really sure. I didn't really design or build it to sell so I couldn't even venture a guess at this point. But I'm thinking there would be a base price for the core of the wheel and the total price would depend on what material you used for the rim.

    The cool part is the rim could be made from pretty much anything. Exotic woods, plastic... aluminum? plexiglass? cheeze?

    Forgot, the wheel is 16 inch.
  23. moon man
    Joined: Nov 1, 2006
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    moon man

    cool wheel , keep it up....
  24. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
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  25. damn nice indeed.
  26. who wouldnt want a cheeeeeeeze wheeeeel?:D
  27. woodbox
    Joined: Jul 11, 2005
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    Thats a great looking wheel. Its a very satisfying experience to make your own wheel, they always feel better than something from a factory. I recently made my own for my 27 T, using 1/4 alloy plate offcut and some Puriri (Local hardwood like Teak) scraps. I cut out the plate then pressed the centre boss. The pieces of wood join in differing place front to back to spread joins. I screwed from the back the used plugs of wood to fill after. The centre plate covers the fastenings for the quick change hub. The finish on the Alloy is bead blasted then clear coated and the wood is hand rubbed varnish with a rag....yip!
    It is a 13" wheel with a 1" diameter rim.

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  28. I would be down for a core and then I could build my own handle around it. If get price set up for the core let me know. Any more updates on your car its just bitchin.
  29. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,101

    from Awesome

    Yeah, that pretty much rules.
  30. dentprone
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 122


    Beautiful....excellent work

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