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Customs Steering wheel restoration

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ahshoe, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. I was dumb enough to use JB weld on my 39 banjo wheel...v'd the cracks and put a ton-o-work into it. Painted it and stored it in the attic all summer...WRONG!!!! When I retrieved it next fall, it was all cracked again. Sold it at the next swap meet!
  2. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 672


    I’ve fixed and painted 3. Used pc7, used fiberglass body filler, and used a “special” 2 part steering wheel repair stuff. All of them had cracks reappear later with use.
    There’s a guy on Facebook that does wheel repair and it looks real nice when done. Apparently he covers the whole wheel in carbon fiber cloth saturated with resin so the wheel stays nice. My buddy follows him on FB and purchased some of the materials, but hasn’t fixed his banjo wheel yet.
  3. gatz
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 1,508


  4. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,812

    stuart in mn

    Check your local hardware store. The Ace in my neighborhood has it on the shelf.
  5. jmkporsche
    Joined: Jan 6, 2019
    Posts: 34


    Checked out his site, looks like good work. Have you used his services?

    I’ve got a 1939 Ford banjo that I want redone for my roadster.

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  6. 60 Special
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 74

    60 Special
    from Omaha Ne.

    Not yet, but that is where I'm going to send my 41 Caddy wheel to have shrunk down on the diameter and then recast. I believe his work quality, speaks volumes just by looking at the numerous examples on his website!
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  7. Aeroman
    Joined: Apr 19, 2005
    Posts: 700


    Cellulose Acetate was the material choice for steering wheels for the most part of the 30s and 40s (not sure about 50s). In modern times, urethane is the choice material that will be more robust than before. Cellulose acetate is an organic polymer...ever notice that stench original wheels leave behind? It shrinks thus creating splitting and cracking.

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  8. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,234


    I posted earlier about Bondic which came up in a pop-up ad. I went to Canadian Tire and bought it. I filed the cracks in my steering wheel and this stuff is amazing. The applicator lets out a tiny bead; just perfect for filling the cracks without gobs of stuff everywhere. It sands well. It dries clear so I'm thinking that it could even be a credible repair for those late fifties Mopars with the obolong steering wheels with clear sections in the rim. Home Depot had a lower price but with social distancing, I didn't feel like going clear across town. IMG_1418.JPG
  9. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 277

    Joe Blow

    I've posted this before.....worked well for me. No cracks in 3 years - fingers crossed......
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  10. the violator
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 174

    the violator

    I used PC7 (from NAPA) on several 50s and 60s wheels with good results. My 64 F100 has 20,000 miles in the last 6 years and still no cracks returned. It has been in cold weather and scorching heat as well. 64SW.JPG 64 sw.JPG 64 truck wheel.JPG
  11. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,427


    Maybe extra protected from the multiple layers of clear I heard you must apply to metal flake?
  12. the violator
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 174

    the violator

    All the layers of flake and clear may help a bit (UV protection). I did want to mention you want to use high quality paint products, I see a lot of guys on here that use cheap stuff. You definitely get what you pay for. This was done with ALL House of Kolor products including the dry flakes and primer.
  13. sdrodder
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 507

    from Houston TX

    Yeah nice work but id say beware as ive been waiting over 2 years now for my steering wheel after putting down a down payment. Contacted him twice now about it and keep getting the same "ive been wondering if you still want to go with the same color" and "well ill finish it now" run around. So lets see maybe ill get it this year...

    Ive been using the pc7 stuff that i got through eastwood. I love it so far. It shapes real nice and is pretty easy to push into the cracks. Takes about 24 hours to dry unless you have access to a paint booth and can bake it in between.
  14. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 7,615


    I just don't understand this. Over the years, we've had this same story on magnetos, license plates, sheet metal, carbs, wheels and I've personally been waiting on a Model A roll pan for like 3 years. Is there something about being a great craftsman/artist that precludes being any kind of small businessperson? Yeah, I get the idea that these are usually folks not really in a business but doing work on the side. Fine. I also get that health,family,life gets in the way sometimes. But these folks are taking money, making excuses, making promises they can't or don't intend to keep. Isn't this just plain lying? How can being a great craftsperson turn you into being a bad person?
  15. sdrodder
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 507

    from Houston TX

    Who knows. I personally do some work for people on the side but the deal that i say is that you dont take on more then you can handle. Seems with this one, he constantly takes stuff in while people are still waiting. I know im not the only one, as there are others that are also waiting on their steering wheel. At the end of the day, if i dont have my steering wheel in the next 6 months, ill just see if i can get a refund and get on with my life. Anyway i dont want to side track this thread anymore, just want to warn the op or others reading this that there is a possibility of waiting forever on your stuff from this guy...
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