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Re-covering steering wheels
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Nick.S.



Joined: 08 Nov 2011
Posts: 64
Location: Manitoba, Canada.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Re-covering steering wheels Reply with quote

The rebuild on my Austin is progressing Very Happy I have got most of the frame wire brushed and clean, and have finished the diff. I am now working on getting the frame ready to put the motor back on. Something I have been thinking about is the plastic on the steering wheel rim, which has all crumbled off, and I was wondering if there is a method of rebuilding this or not.
here is i pic of what i am talking about Very Happy








Some pics of the engine before and after, as well as the front hubs. Cool
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Kelsham



Joined: 18 Jan 2009
Posts: 349
Location: Llandrindod Wells Powys

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: recovering steering wheels Reply with quote

The early steering wheels were covered in celluloid, no idea if this can be reproduced these days.

I have heard of people using Plasti dip, availible from Frosts. It is usually thought of when plier handles need a covering,or other tools.

I understand it goes thin when it is applied so may need several coats.

I am thinking of trying it on an old steering wheel for my BSA trike.

If you use it would you report back?

regards kels.
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British heritage cars



Joined: 10 Nov 2010
Posts: 199

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: recovering steering wheels Reply with quote

Kelsham wrote:
The early steering wheels were covered in celluloid, no idea if this can be reproduced these days.

I have heard of people using Plasti dip, availible from Frosts. It is usually thought of when plier handles need a covering,or other tools.

I understand it goes thin when it is applied so may need several coats.

I am thinking of trying it on an old steering wheel for my BSA trike.

If you use it would you report back?

regards kels.


Looks great M8!
Do you have more pictures from during your engine rebuild etc?
Kind regards,
Jonathan
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Nick.S.



Joined: 08 Nov 2011
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Location: Manitoba, Canada.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are a few more pics of the rebuild, i will post more when i find them Embarassed



the block prior to cleaning


welded up exhaust valve (stainless with stick welder)


Fitting in new piston rings




All the old rings!
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Nick.S.



Joined: 08 Nov 2011
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Location: Manitoba, Canada.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

intresting story behind fitting in those new rings, i found them on ebay, but i didnt know they were oversize by .03 of an inch! we had to grind a little off the tips of the break on each one until they fit right, spent almost all day getting them to fit Rolling Eyes
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Bayliss Thomas



Joined: 25 Sep 2009
Posts: 556
Location: SUFFOLK

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steering wheel restoration work, these are the people I used for my vintage Austin about 5 or 6 years ago. WHEELRIGHTS 01524 423453
Not cheap but well worth the money and I can fully recommend them.
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