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DJames

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Recently purchased a new steering wheel (wood had shattered on the old one) for my '69 E. New wheel came with a packet of 6 Allen flat head screws and nuts. I removed the horn button and found the the original wheel is held to the hub by what looks like flat head rivets, maybe? Before I screw something up, is the wheel riveted to the hub and if so do you just grind or try to drill out the rivet from the back hub side?

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I would purchase a new boss(hub) for the wheel, as your old one can be restored.
Yes, they are riveted from the factory. Is the new wheel a copy of the original, or a Nardi, etc??
 
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Got it from Welsh Ent. Looks very much like the original. My old one had some cracks in the wood and one day I had a mini Mag light in my right front jeans pocket. When I exited the car the Maglight caught on the wheel and shattered the wood. That could be restored?
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If you have the pieces of wood, it can be done.
Just do a Maserati wheel that was broken in several places along with the inlay missing bits. A better alternative than spending 4K on a new one!
 
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I think I will take your advise and buy a new hub. I believe I have all the pieces of the old one (I have it wrapped in one of those fake leather lace on covers so I can use it). Can you recommend a company that could renew it?
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Good idea.
I do wheels on the cars I restore, but don’t do outside work as I am always busy.
Have a look in Hemings motor news in the services offered section.
Good luck.
 
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