I thought I'd do a simple tech post. We've all seen neat steering wheels that were in deplorable shape and "beyond saving" Well, that's not always the case! I picked up this nifty 52 Olds steering wheel from LowSprings for my girlfriend's 51 Bel Air project, but it had more cracks in it than a plumbers' convention. There were even big fissures where you could see the wire frame. It looked like it had been in a fire, too, given the bubbled plastic in one spot. Too bad I can't find the photo before I started the restoration. You'll just have to use your imagination. You'll need to file any sizeable cracks into a V shape. Don't worry about the hairline cracks. We'll get to them later. Next, you'll want to get some epoxy. There are a few good ones, but I used POR15's epoxy putty. It's pretty stiff and hard to mix, but you can do it. Stuff that puttty into all the cracks you can. Don't try to get it smooth, just stuff. The Por15 putty works great. It dries as hard as a rock in a few hours and sands just like Bondo. They sell it as part of their floor restoration kit and their steering wheel restoration kit, but you can get it by itself, and some paint supply stores carry it. After it's set up, get a foam/rubber sanding block and start sanding. I think I started with 150 grit. This will sand the filler as well as smooth any roughness iin your wheel. Here's the Olds wheel up to that point. You can get an idea of the original condition of the wheel. Look at all the white lines!