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Bruce Bowker
08-03-2004, 09:55 PM
What is the material used in the "plastic" steering wheels of the 1960's? Has anyone every filled in major cracks etc and if so how is it buffed out to blend?

Thanks

Bruce

Mickey Richaud
08-03-2004, 10:11 PM
Hey Bruce -

I repaired quite a few cracks/gaps in my TR3 wheel with bondo. Just sanded it even with the plastic, primed it, and repainted the whole wheel black. Worked great, going on four years now!

Mickey

Bruce Bowker
08-03-2004, 10:17 PM
Mickey - thanks.
I might give that a try. I have a really bad Mini wheel I acguired with a good steering column. Thought I might experiment and if I fail no big loss.

What paint did you use?

Bruce

Mickey Richaud
08-03-2004, 10:44 PM
Don't remember - probably Krylon. Be sure to prime the whole wheel first. Like I said, mine's holding up surprisingly well. Like you, I thought "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." And it sure beats trying to find a decent one - at any price.

Bruce Bowker
08-03-2004, 10:53 PM
Thanks again

Bruce

Mickey Richaud
08-03-2004, 11:09 PM
You're welcome - let us know how it comes out.

Mickey

Patton
08-04-2004, 10:15 AM
POR-15 makes a kit, and I have seen very nice work done with it. I can be found here... https://www.por15.com/product.asp?productid=332

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What is the material used in the "plastic" steering wheels of the 1960's? Has anyone every filled in major cracks etc and if so how is it buffed out to blend?
Bruce

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John Loftus
08-04-2004, 12:05 PM
My Healey steering wheel was in pretty bad shape so I thought I'd experiment with it before buying a new one. When I removed the leather cover there were chunks of plastic loose and you could see down to the metal core of the wheel. First I sanded and then used West System Epoxy (found at boat supply stores). The first coat was without fillers, just straight epoxy, so it would flow into the cracks and get to the core. Then I mixed a batch with microballoon filler (also sold by West Systems) which gives the epoxy some body. You can mix more or less microballoons to the epoxy to get just the right consistancy. I also added some black epoxy paste for color. It took a few coats with sanding and shaping in between to get the wheel back to the original shape. I then put a thin layer of straight epoxy with the black color additive for the final gloss coat. Three years later the wheel still looks brand new.

Cheers,
John

Geo Hahn
08-04-2004, 01:48 PM
Bruce -- I filled the cracks in mine with JB Weld (epoxy), sanded smooth and painted using SEM spray paint for plastic.

Krylon would probably work too but you might want to use a plastic prep (e.g. Bulldog) to get better adhesion.

Bruce Bowker
08-04-2004, 04:33 PM
Wow - great suggestions from everyone. I will play around with all of these and see what is easiest for me.

Thanks all.

Bruce

Bugeye58
08-04-2004, 07:08 PM
Bruce, when you get all the cracks filled, lace on a new leather cover, and no one will ever know. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Jeff

MGTF1250Dave
08-04-2004, 08:14 PM
Aloha Bruce,

Eastwood has a kit to repair steering wheels and also a booklet on how to do it. It includes a two part epoxy that is stronger than bondo. It is probably comparable to the POR-15 and JB Weld. I have used bondo in the past and it is OK if you are not repairing the wheel near the spokes. I found the bondo would crack or break out in that location. The harder/stronger epoxy can handle the stress. After repainting the steering wheel, I covered it with a leather cover. Good luck.

Safety Fast,
Dave

Bugeye58
08-04-2004, 10:56 PM
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After repainting the steering wheel, I covered it with a leather cover.

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Bruce, I told you so !!
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Jeff

screenprinter
08-05-2004, 10:32 AM
Bruce -

I did what everybody mentioned here - My 67 Sprite wheel had broken where the spokes joined the outer ring and was held together with electrical tape - I ground the Bakelite away from the outer ring, mig welded the spokes to the ring , built the wheel up with Bondo, shaped, painted, and covered with a leather steering wheel cover - Looks fine, feels great - No Sweat!

Bob M

Bruce Bowker
08-05-2004, 11:36 AM
Some great ideas and things to try.

Since I want to sell it on eBay at an exhorbitant price and claim it is all original, VERY RARE, WOW LOOK, and in perfect condition, I better cover it in leather first.
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Thanks all.

Bruce