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Restored my ugly steering wheel


Hey there, I'm sharing some pictures of my steering wheel restoration process.

It's the beginning of my first car restoration (not counting few duct tape patches on the upholstery I already done for the car)

The "original" (putting quotation marks because all the interior is not the one it was built with, but it's how I bought the car) wheel was all cracked, decent size chunks were missing, only one of four paint dividers was left, metal rusty, everything inside the honk assembly was covered with mold and smelled funny. So I cleaned it up, polished some chrome, fixed cracks, filed new grooves for the dividers, primed few thousand times, painted and covered with few layers of clear coat. Will see how durable it's going to be.

Doors armrests next, they are even in worse shape



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One word. Wow...

Beautiful job.


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Ditto. Keep up the good work.

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Very nice! I always found small projects like this on an old car were the most satisfying.


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Looks great! And it's something you can hold and admire everytime you sit behind it. Of course on top of all that, in my mind, it's vital to have an original wheel.

It's a job in my own 65 I fretted over doing for a while, but turned out to be not so difficult, and has held up very well.

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Thanks:)
At some point, when the whole car is more or less ready i'll try to address the clear parts, maybe will get resin printer by that moment, will model and print two halves and glue them with some transparent glue.

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What material did you use to fill the cracks and gaps? Was it some kind of epoxy, or did you purchase some kind of steering wheel repair kit?

Thanks.

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I just used the regular car body repair kit for big cracks (where whole areas were missing) and JBWeld for the smaller cracks and where something needed to be glued and sturdy.

The first one - I don't really like, you have to be ridiculously fast with it and it seems it's gotten shrunk after paint layer was sprayed. So I had to fill new smaller cracks with that JBWeld also.

 



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Nice job on the wheel! I could be wrong but the center cap looks like a 66. If you want a 65, I have one that is not in perfect shape, but free if you want it.

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Thanks.
Ouch! I didn't notice that it's a wrong one, good catch.
This is how I got the car, it's also green:(
Now I need to track what else is from 66 there or from something else. Almost sure the front bench is not even from Pontiac and door interior panels look just a tiny bit longer than they supposed to be so they rub against the rear wall panels.
Huge thanks, that would be awesome! And it's black.
I can cover the shipping.

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1965 Parisienne Custom Sport

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Thank to @1965CS the steering wheel is now complete.



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Neilvermilion wrote:

Thank to @1965CS the steering wheel is now complete.


 Glad to help, thanks for donating to the site.



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1965CS wrote:
Neilvermilion wrote:

Thank to @1965CS the steering wheel is now complete.


 Glad to help, thanks for donating to the site.


 Well, technically you're the one who made this donation:)



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