• bill
    20 November 2016 at 14:07 #52194

    Does anyone have an LG 45 steering wheel in reasonable condition that they would be prepared to sell please ? It is the same as the LG 6 or V 12 steering wheel I think (4 solid flat spokes). Approx 3.25″ diameter centre.
    I could swap an M 45 steering wheel if required (some work required to the spokes).

    22 November 2016 at 16:32 #52196

    Does anyone ,by any chance, have an old LG45 steering wheel boss that they no longer have any use for ? This is the central aluminium bit which is clamped over the top of the steering column. The steering wheel is then riveted/bolted to it. It is about 3″ long and about 2″ in diameter and with a flange on one end. The other end has a split in it with a bolt.
    I understand that this type of boss often broke and that therefore there might be broken ones lurking somewhere ?
    I need an old one as a pattern to make up new spokes for a steering wheel so any offers gratefully received !

    29 November 2016 at 18:14 #52202

    No need to reply to the above requests now as I have solved my problems and have nearly finished making a new steering wheel.
    Not too keen on the quoted ?350 + to recover the wheel “as original” so I am going to investigate the alternatives …………

    20 January 2017 at 18:29 #52282

    Just for the benefit of anyone else making up a new steering wheel. I have a very friendly painter nearby and I have just collected my “new” steering wheel from him after he has “recovered” it for me. 25+ coats of paint later I think it is very difficult to tell the finish from that of an original wheel. The number of coats has given a “depth” to the finish and I am very pleased with the result – and for just under ?100. He has also toned down the “shininess” which I think will also dull down a bit more with use.
    Cannot work out how to attach a photo. Sorry !

    David Bracey
    20 January 2017 at 21:48 #52283

    Hi Bill, sounds like you’ve found a cheap fix for your steering wheel. I’d like to see pictures.
    Click on the ‘manage attachments’ link and follow instructions. You may need to reduce the file size. If you can’t manage it you could email them to me and I’ll upload them for you.

    21 January 2017 at 09:39 #52284

    It was reducing the size of the photo in my computer that I couldnt work out ! I think I have done it now . See below (hopefully).

    Attached files

    Colin M34
    21 January 2017 at 10:08 #52285

    This looks really good.

    I had a strange and really rather offhand response from the people who advertise steering wheel restoration in the club magazine. I need to have the boss on my 2 Litre wheel recovered and when I phoned them as a potential customer they were really quite uncommunicative. I emailed them further details and did not receive a reply. I got the strong impression that were not going to discuss their restoration process with me. I was quite surprised about this, because most restorers I have met are very proud of their skills. I am thinking about Surelock for example.

    I know people who have used this steering wheel restoration company and been very satisfied with the result so maybe I contacted them on a bad day and they are overloaded with work at ?350 per go.

    I am inspired by Bill’s results. It may be that the original process simply involved many coats of cellulose paint on top of each other to get that lovely deep sheen. Does anyone know how original cellulose ping pong balls were made?


    Colin M34
    21 January 2017 at 10:17 #52286

    Dear readers,

    Take look at this very interesting thread on cellulose ping pong balls: http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=46140

    The wonders of Google! We live and learn….


    Colin M34
    21 January 2017 at 12:25 #52287

    Another useful entry on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celluloid


    Alec Rivers-Bowerman
    21 January 2017 at 21:17 #52288

    I looked into this a while back (celluloid coating). Found some information in a video about making accordions. I can’t locate that exact video but it had to do with soaking the celluloid in an acetone-water solution to soften it. Here is a shorter clip -see minute 1:00
    Anyway, I couldn’t find a source of black celluloid sheet, so it’s interesting hearing about other options!

    22 January 2017 at 10:19 #52289

    I understand that the original way of covering the steering wheels involved a mould i.e. the wheel was covered with the chosen substance (celluloid ?) and then the wheel was put in a mould to “cure”.
    I dont think that a mould is used nowadays by the steering wheel “restorers”.
    I have a funny feeling that the modern “restoration process” for steering wheels is no different to the system I have used – this maybe the reason why Colin said that the “restorer” did not want to share details of the process with him !!
    I maybe wrong of course so any other ideas from anyone else would be interesting !

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