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Is this steering wheel safe????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kensey, Feb 2, 2013.

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  1. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
    Posts: 737

    from Pittsburgh

    Hi all,

    I just bought this wheel and I'm not sure it's save to use. I took the horn ring off and was shocked at how busted up this once was. Is there a metal sub structure under all of this? Looks to me as if the center spine part could bust out pretty easily.

    Thoughts please?

  2. Pimpin37zephyr
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 110


    I wouldn't run it.
  3. 53fordcustom
    Joined: Jan 3, 2011
    Posts: 412


  4. Indychus
    Joined: Jun 9, 2010
    Posts: 134

    from Irmo, SC

    That looks scary.

  5. No question....that is wall art. But don't hang it over a doorway, it might fall and hit you on the head.
  6. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,158


    no no no no ~sololobo~
  7. putz
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 547

    from wisc.

    agree on wall art...
  8. Most steering wheels do have metal in them,,stick a thin blade down in the cracks and tap to see if there is metal,if so use epoxy and repair the cracks,paint it and use it,,if not make a wall hanger out of it. :D HRP
  9. 345winder
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 1,059


    urgh,,upon further inspection,,,chuck it in the can!
  10. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    It looks like the inner hub is delaminating from the outer part. One of these days you would be turning and the wheel would turn but the hub would stay straight ahead. :eek: Kinda like those fake steering wheels on the kiddie rides a the carnival.:D

    I wouldn't chance it.

  11. Floorboardinit
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 771


    Yeesh...that's a death trap if I've ever seen one. I'm not sure you can save that one. JohnnyA
  12. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    Man or somebody else could get hurt if you use that wheel...
  13. cfnutcase
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,033

    from Branson mo

    Well I am going to go the other way from everyone else, I am sure there is a full steel structure in all wheels, I think if you break the plastic off any steering wheel that you can find going all the way back to the 30's you will find they have a full steel structure under the outer covering, so I don't see anyway it could fail and cause you to crash, it will just break apart and go down to the steel rod under the plastic. Jim
  14. 345winder
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 1,059


    believe it or not,, i once had a stock 69 camaro steering wheel brake off in my and my wife were dating at the time and i had just dropped her back in the car, went to turn the wheel and it broke off,,,that was about 20 years ago and never had seen that happen ,nor since then either! had to wait in her driveway for a buddy with an extra steering wheel and puller to show up! wild
  15. cfnutcase is correct.
  16. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    The last owner may well have died holding it!
  17. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    That will be buried with you.
  18. garvinzoom
    Joined: Sep 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,169


    Use it, the main structure is steel.
  19. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,355

    from Wa.St.

    It's not going to "let go" but it's not going to fix itself either only get worse!
  20. i would use it

    if there wasnt a sturdy metal frame under them all vynil steering wheels would crumble in the owners hand in time from the vynil going through heating and cooling cycles combined with the turning torque and vibrations and the like
  21. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,615


    I agree. Full metal structure is safe. But unless the wheel is unubtainium why go to all the work? That said grind out the cracks down to the metal substructure and bead blast the rust, then use a good epoxy to fill the cracks. Then sand and fill and sand and prime and sand and paint. A lot of work if you can find a good one. Jim (some day we will all get together and take over the world) the Jim's that is:D
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013
  22. lookin at it???? I surprised you even felt you had to ask , but if you really have a bone on to use it .............. id bust puppy down to bare frame if there's any thing left after that ............. build it back up as a restoration job.

    my self? id find another in better shape
  23. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
    Posts: 737

    from Pittsburgh

    I'm fine epoxy ing it if its metal underneath. If not I really don't want to use it. Anyone know for sure?
  24. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 5,156

    from CO & WA

    Give it to a ratrodder...
  25. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    I don't know, looks risky.
  26. what is the wheel for? lets see a pic of the whole wheel
  27. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    The damage is cosmetic, the structure is steel. Even if the epoxy outer falls completely off, then the steel frame is still there. You have nothing to worry about despite how it looks.
    I personally wouldn't run it because its in such rough shape, but not because I would fear any structural weakness.
  28. I Drag
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 884

    I Drag

  29. A strong magnet will give you an idea how much metal is in this thing.

    It looks like shit, but might be ok.
  30. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    They all have steel structures. Epoxy or plastic alone would never be strong enough to hold up on it's own. EVERY steering wheel from the beginning of time to present times has a steel structure unless its on your lawn mower or your little sister's power wheels.
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