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    Default Customized Sport Steering Wheel

    I bought a Ford factory sport steering for a Fairmont 15 years ago. Turns out it was not as nice as it looked on Ebay when it arrived home. The spokes had been spray bombed silver to cover the rust and original black color. The rubber grip was rough....worn and nicked.
    As disappointed as I was I held on to it, thinking I could fix it or resell it....I only paid $20 for it.
    Over the years I decided to try someday replace the grip with wood and restore the spokes.
    Well that time finally came.
    Here is what I started out with.

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    I started by removing the grip

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    Cut and glue some African Mahogany

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    Next I started to machine the wood to fit both in shape and size. Needs to rap around the steel.

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    Starting to look like it

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    Before I went any farther, I need to restore the spokes.
    Brushed effect and all

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    Now time to glue the wood to the wheel

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    All sanded and stained. Dont worry....the color will lighten with the clear coat. The clear and the this type of wood will color change in different lighting like pearl paint finish.

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    Finally, after hours of labor......

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    Nice!

    Mike
    1985 ascMcLaren 5.0 SC Roadster
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    The center cap had some help too

    Where the pencil is pointing is the damaged area.
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    So I made skin to cover
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    Here all back together and I added a little detail by coloring the fake allen heads

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    Thank you
    It was a blast to do and would do it again.

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    Out standing work
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    Oh my God...

    That is so amazing! What a terrific mod!
    Bryan

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    Wow great job!!!!

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    That looks amazing!
    Matt

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    That's an awesome transformation! Great work!
    '85 GT

    The other one... 2005 Lincoln LS 3.9L V8

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    Looks Great!

    I have a pair of steering wheels sitting in my garage if you are bored!

    Trey
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    Great job,looks great
    Robert
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    Wow, that looks great! You do really nice work. Could we see a picture once you put it on the car?
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    Really nice work! I'm not crazy about wood steering wheels but, what you did looks great. A really good use for a wheel that was otherwise not going to be used.

    Jess
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    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
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    Turned out absolutely gorgeous! What did you use to make the final shape so nice and consistent?
    Brad

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    For years you have always done nice work.
    I had to buy mine.
    Yours is nice.
    Will Rogers" common sense is not as common as you think"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Looks Great!

    I have a pair of steering wheels sitting in my garage if you are bored!

    Trey
    Quote Originally Posted by Stymees'mont View Post
    It was a blast to do and would do it again.
    Agreeing with everyone that the mod looks fantastic!

    You have the dimensions and the tools, you could pump out a few extra now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Looks Great!

    I have a pair of steering wheels sitting in my garage if you are bored!

    Trey
    Sure...but it would be cheaper to buy an aftermarket steering wheel. Crazy how much time flies and how much wood is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fearnot View Post
    Wow, that looks great! You do really nice work. Could we see a picture once you put it on the car?
    If course I will post a pic with it installed. I couldn't tease everyone like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    Turned out absolutely gorgeous! What did you use to make the final shape so nice and consistent?
    Thanks Brad. Other then a router I really finalized the shape by hand. Sanding and carving then more sanding.

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