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07-31-2006, 05:04 PM
I was wondering if anyone had a way to rebuild a steering wheel, meaning, I have a 53 truck. The steering wheel has large "gaps" in it and I would like to know what I can use to fill it in and repaint or refurbish it. Any ideas would be welcome. I suppose it was originally Bakelit (sp), but not sure.


07-31-2006, 05:30 PM
Over on the General Discussion forum there was a post just a couple of days ago on a company that does it in Australia. However, as several people noted, the finished product looked like their grandmother's kitchen table! This was not due to poor workmanship, but due to the patern of the material used.

I was out of Studebakers for nearly 20 years messing with antique tractors (no interiors, no glass, minimal body work) and there was an outfit that redid tractor steering wheels. You would send them your core and they would redo it. The company is Minnkota and the most recent contact info I have is 320-289-2473 or e-mail to minnkota@info-link.net.

You might also check the ads in Hemmings and they do pop up on e-Bay from time to time.


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07-31-2006, 05:49 PM
Two options - cut the cracks open with a hacksaw blade or similar, fill cracks with PC-7 or JB-weld (seriously!) and then finish with spot putty, high build primer, and epoxy spray paint. I've done this on not-too-badly damaged wheels with mixed results - a '49 Chevy wheel I did over a decade ago still looks great, the one I did last year for my '55 Stude is already starting to look a little rough.

Another option, if yours is real bad:


good luck,


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Dick Steinkamp
07-31-2006, 07:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

Two options - cut the cracks open with a hacksaw blade or similar, fill cracks with PC-7 or JB-weld

Here's Eastwood's PC-7 option...



07-31-2006, 10:49 PM
Eastwood, as Dick said, or POR-15, who sells a kit with every tool and bit of material you need (except finish paint) for $79, or just the water based epoxy putty for around $20.


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08-01-2006, 08:04 AM
Anyone ever try Bondo Body Filler?

08-01-2006, 09:34 AM
Thanks for all the responses. I have ordered the kit from Eastwood. I will let you know how it goes. I have 2 wheels to work with so between the 2 maybe one will work out okay.