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  • Steering: Broken steering wheel Hawk

    It's getting broken:

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    What to do? Getting a new one or glue it?
    Walter

    80 Fiat Spider
    63 Lark Regal 4 Dr. sold 2015
    60 Hawk sold 2017 in England
    56 Golden Hawk
    56 Corvette (John Cougar Mellencamp's C1)
    68 Volvo P1800S
    56 Jaguar XK 140 DHC

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    Cracked Steering Wheel

    It really is not going anywhere! It is Steel inside. For comfortable use and cosmetic reasons yes you need a New one, they are available at Studebaker Vendors: http://studebakervendors.com

    Whether this is a '57 to '60 Type or a '61 to '66 Type they should be available, they show up at the Big East Coast Swap Meets and International Meets as well, maybe a U.S. acquaintance could buy and ship it for you.

    Color is usually not important as most Original ones have been painted 2 or 3 times before getting on the right year and Color Interior Car! They are quite Paintable.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 02-17-2014, 01:44 PM.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      There are repair methods which could be used to restore your wheel. For example the Eastwood web site has several kits: http://search.eastwood.com/search?w=...%20restoration . Once the repair is made the wheel can be repainted. This is not to suggest this method would be less expensive than buying a replacement as suggested above. I have friend who builds hot-rods and I've seen him repair steering wheels using the special plastic bumper two-part repair adhesive. These get sanded and repainted with excellent results. Having the tools and materials is what keeps the do-it-yourselfers out of the game. So you might check with a local body-shop for a quote before shopping for a replacement. Best of luck.

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      • #4


        We used this technique on ours. Haven't finished painting but the wheel looks a lot better.
        Andres Garcia
        Fairfax, VA - Philadelphia, PA



        1953 Studebaker Starliner - Check out this project!



        1963 Studebaker GT Hawk - Check out this project!

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        • #5
          I found this on youtube as well: "How It's Made - Custom Steering Wheels"

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNB7XcpNAWs

          I can't imagine how expensive this is, but WOW!

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          http://rau-autowood.com/index.htm

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          • #6
            As Rich said, your wheel core is steel and is not going anywhere. Later model Studebaker steering wheels are still available. Patching or filling, using repair kits available from several sources may suit your purpose. Remanufactured wheels, cast on original steel cores and cured in pressure chambers are available at premium prices. It all depends on your desire and purpose.
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk

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