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Steering Wheel Rim To Thick ? Try This

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Steering Wheel Rim To Thick ? Try This
Posted by oldcarguy on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:51 AM

Hi Guys and ladies .

   I am sure many of you building all types of cars have run across this . You get a favorite car.You do a kick butt job on the engine. Then you rad out the body to astonishing results with paint,trim,and maybe custom work .

   Now the interior . Great seat work and the dash is kick butt too . Okay now, here we are,the steering wheel. Looks toylike and fixing it is not going to be easy .First off, cut it off the tree. Next cut the rim Carefully off the spokes.

 Many sporty cars had a fairly thin set of spokes in real life .that's what you have to do now . Thin them out carefully after drilling the holes if they have them ( like say the Bullitt Mustang ).

 Now after thinning the spokes,then Carefully drill the holes,or,replace them with drilled shaped pieces of fairly sturdy aluminum . Now the rim,thin it dramatically .Remember the rim on the steering wheels of older cars was fairly thin in real life .

 To remount the rim you will have to add a tiny spacer at the end of each spoke .Preferably to the rim,not,the spokes . See it's a lot of work isn't it?

 Enter the A.M. maybe someone out there makes the steering wheel you want.I will admit, I haven't seen many, and then only for racing cars .So steel yourself and do the work.You won't be disappointed with the results and besides,You'll be able to see the hard work you put into the driver's side of the dash better when you are done.

 Isn't that a fair tradeoff for all the work you have put into the vehicle ? Just my thoughts.I do this on every car I build. O.C.G. 




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