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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Quote Originally Posted by John Turney View Post
    I use the black round one my drill press. Helps keep track of the knobs.
    Now you're just showing off, making the rest of us jealous. That is, if I had a drill press. Again, jealous. LOL
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    PS - for the Toyota conversions, this Fiat 124 Ferrari-style shift knob is great. Same size as original knob:

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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Quote Originally Posted by AUSMHLY View Post
    Now you're just showing off, making the rest of us jealous. That is, if I had a drill press. Again, jealous. LOL
    I have a drill press but chose not to use it as you would be sanding against the grain of the wood.
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Posted on 10/24, it's now 12/25 and I've finally finished restoring the shift knob.
    Before / after...

    before top.jpgrestore top.jpgbefore side.jpgrestore side.jpg
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Beautiful job! How did you restore the coloisonne?
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    The cloisonné didn't need restoring. A good cleaning was all that was needed.
    I did however fill in the gap around the metal Healey insert, with baking powder and superglue. Kept building it up then sanded it smooth.
    Now that the wood is flush with the perimeter of the metal insert, I sprayed the the entire knob, including the cloisonné with Varathane Spar Urethane.
    Spray, sand, etc...10 coats to build up the layers. Now the top of the knob is as smooth as the rest of the knob. You don't feel the cloisonné.
    Time consuming. Reward, the
    entire knob feels as smooth as glass.
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Very nice! Now just keep the cat paws off.
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Bravo! Nice work... it looks wonderful!
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Ausmhly,

    Very nice end product, indeed! I do plan to use a clear two-part epoxy resin finish when it comes time for me to do mine, as I did for my dash. I'm very happy will the results and holds up very well.

    Congrats on a very nice, professional job!

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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    But does it make the car go any faster?

    Nice job.



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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Less wind resistance when the top is down. goes faster for sure.

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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Here's some photo of the knob in the car.
    IMG_2886.jpgIMG_2884.jpgIMG_2885.jpgIMG_2901.jpgIMG_2897.jpgIMG_2910.jpg

    Sorry, some of the photos are sideways. They were all taken camera facing up. Uploaded to my computer correctly. Somehow, when uploading here, some of them post sideways. I've tried rotating, then uploading. BFC still uploads them sideways. Why?
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Quote Originally Posted by AUSMHLY View Post
    Here's some photo of the knob in the car.
    IMG_2886.jpgIMG_2884.jpgIMG_2885.jpgIMG_2901.jpgIMG_2897.jpgIMG_2910.jpg

    Sorry, some of the photos are sideways. They were all taken camera facing up. Uploaded to my computer correctly. Somehow, when uploading here, some of them post sideways. I've tried rotating, then uploading. BFC still uploads them sideways. Why?
    I bet the smooth, tactile experience makes you never wanting to take your hand off the shifter. Am I right?!

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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Quote Originally Posted by pkmh View Post
    I bet the smooth, tactile experience makes you never wanting to take your hand off the shifter. Am I right?!
    I get the joke, but it's a bad idea to rest your hand on the shift knob. I had a Healey mechanic tell me "It's good for business" when people do that.

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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Spidell View Post
    I get the joke, but it's a bad idea to rest your hand on the shift knob. I had a Healey mechanic tell me "It's good for business" when people do that.
    Well...I wasn't really joking, actually. Or at least what I have been trying to say is, the job you did is so good that the smoothness of the finish you created is inviting to the touch. (Yes, don't drive crazy or damage your car, that is a given ).

    Paul
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    Re: Wooden shift knob, how to refinish

    OK. My bad.

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