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String wrapping a steering wheel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ricknroll, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Tremelune
    Joined: Feb 1, 2019
    Posts: 1

    Tremelune

    Since this thread is still the top hit when you Google "string wrap steering wheel" I figured I'd resurrect it...I recently found it when trying to figure out just what to do with the spokes when I was wrapping the steering wheel of my CJ7.

    I used 50' of 3/16" nylon rope, and had plenty to spare. I probably should have gone 1/4" as my main goal was thickening the wheel. If you want to try the technique found in that big four-spoke classic wheel, I think it uses 1/8" (or even thinner). 3/16" was way too thick to go that route.

    The start is straightforward: Tie the string to the bottom spoke with plenty of slack, and start wrapping it around the wheel. As I went, I would go back and twist until the string was so tight I couldn't twist it anymore. It doesn't take much, really. I did that the whole way around, squeezing the string together, then twisting it tight...until I got to the first spoke.

    On the left side, I was kind of just winging it and when it started to work, I just moved on. For the other two I had a kind of epiphany with what to do with the string to make it symmetric and clean. It involves wrapping until you reach the midpoint of the spoke, sending the string across the spoke and around the wheel, then tucking the string inside of that...This encourages the string on the "new" side to stay snug against the spoke as you back-fill string to meet at the midpoint. After that, you cross the string over once again and just start wrapping again...It's hard to explain, but the images should.

    For the tie-off, I did a quick overhand knot and just melted the rope together with a soldering iron. I tried a lighter, but it melted fully through in one part...The iron was much more controlled. I didn't bother with shellac or whatever 'cause I like the feel of the rope, and there isn't much risk of corrosion with a nylon rope around a plastic steering wheel.

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  2. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,885

    Blues4U
    Member
    from So Cal

    Just got done wrapping the wheel in my 47, a 15" 40 Ford style wheel. I used 9/64" cotton rope from the local Ace Hardware store. Someone above posted that 50' was plenty to do theirs, so I bought a 48' length and figured it' would be enough, but it only got me 3/4 of the way around. I had to buy another 48' section and splice it in to complete it. Now, I'm wondering what to finish it with, if at all. I like the feel of the cotton, but I figure that if I leave it natural it's gonna collect oils and dirt from my hands. Someone else in this thread mentioned finishing with a shellac. But I'm thinking I'd rather not finish it with something that is going to harden so that I lose the soft feel of the cotton. A friend suggested Scotch Guard. Any other suggestions.
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  3. Scotch Guard is worth a try! BTW, It looks wicked!
     
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  4. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,885

    Blues4U
    Member
    from So Cal

    Thanks, I went with the Scotch Guard, 2 coats this afternoon with a couple of hours drying time in between coats. Now we'll see how that works out.
     
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  5. Nice to see this thread back up. Here's a picture of my wheel. I was at the Circuit des Ramparts in Angouleme in September and there was an English guy advertising string wrapping for steering wheels and leaf springs. FB_IMG_1574670935799.jpeg

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  6. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,023

    Retrorod
    Member

    This is my new look wheel. After replacing the cracked banjo wheel once, when the new one cracked again a few years later I decided to wrap it. I bought some black para cord and my wife volunteered to wrap it for me. Since she has some macrame experience I thought she would do. A much better job than I. She did...and it looks and feels great. good job Flower! 5D829EBC-4D3F-48AA-80F6-D79E7F07C2A9.jpeg 0FBE6C87-FBC3-4104-9D0F-6E41557FA9CF.jpeg
     
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