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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 18, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Walnut steering wheel restoration?

Can anyone recommend someone who can repair/fill the gaps in my 67 wood grain steering wheel? I rather have someone do it than attempting it myself. Thanks
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

I am a woodworker. post up some pics so I can help

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I am a woodworker. post up some pics so I can help
Thanks! Unfortunately, it’s in the shop so I can’t take pics til next week. The wood (plastic) has shrunken and separated. I need to have the spaces filled in.

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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

Greg, your 'Steering Wheel wood' could be a new hobby for you, I'm sure plenty of N34 wheels needing new wood.
Would one use tongue oil keeping it from cracking/splitting/drying out?
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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

If it's plastic as Deangelo says Tung oil won't help. if it's real wood I would seek out a furniture restoration guy to fix it. My brother retired from that profession so I don't have far to go.
They make epoxy putty in wood tone colors which is probably what he would use. recommend.

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Greg, your 'Steering Wheel wood' could be a new hobby for you, I'm sure plenty of N34 wheels needing new wood.
Would one use tongue oil keeping it from cracking/splitting/drying out?
This is it: RPO N34 Sport Styled, simulated walnut, wood-grained plastic steering wheel was an option. For 1967, this wheel was available on any Chevrolet car (and standard on the 1967 Corvette), regardless of interior styling, and gave a look of sportiness and elegance to the interior. This steering wheel was 16 inches in diameter, had a 4 inch "dish" (the perpendicular distance from the mounting surface to the wheel), and was textured like an actual wood steering wheel

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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

I failed in reading 'plastic'. I had a Grant wheel one time and used tung oil on it and the wheel kept its 'like new' condition for the remaining 15 years I had the truck.
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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

plastic is a tough one. As someone suggested above, best bet would most likely be using a 2-part epoxy and mixing in some powdered pigment(s) to get the color you need. Could also use a sewing needle with a darker color if you needed to match the "wood grain" while the epoxy is still wet.

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Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration - Plastic*&*Wood Wheel Restoration for Your Classic or Muscle Car

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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

I wonder how difficult it would be to hydro-dip one with a more realistic wood pattern? The film is pretty cheap and the process not all that difficult - I've done it on other parts on my polaris RZR. It would need a good clear to protect it and keep it from rubbing off.
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This is the site i was looking for! I will call Gary's. I don't want to mess it up and the Eastwood kit doesn't work for wood grain. Thanks so much!

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I wonder how difficult it would be to hydro-dip one with a more realistic wood pattern? The film is pretty cheap and the process not all that difficult - I've done it on other parts on my polaris RZR. It would need a good clear to protect it and keep it from rubbing off.
That' a great idea. I am missing small sections and will let an expert work on it. I thought about getting a replacement, but I read that they don't look as nice as the originals. Does anyone own a repro and what do you think of it?

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Re: Walnut steering wheel restoration?

Some of the repos look pretty good.

It may cost as much as $500 or more to have it professionally restored.

See what Gary’s quotes.
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Some of the repos look pretty good.

It may cost as much as $500 or more to have it professionally restored.

See what Gary’s quotes.
Thanks. I will definitely call them. I'm hoping for just a few hundred.

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This is the site i was looking for! I will call Gary's. I don't want to mess it up and the Eastwood kit doesn't work for wood grain. Thanks so much!



That' a great idea. I am missing small sections and will let an expert work on it. I thought about getting a replacement, but I read that they don't look as nice as the originals. Does anyone own a repro and what do you think of it?
I bought mine (repro) from Heartbeat City and its pretty cheap looking - very made in China look/feel. I've toyed with trying to hydro dip it myself but just haven't gotten around to it.
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