Update on the F85 steering wheel. These wheels were cast in rubber, not the cheap plastic that the deluxe wheel was cast. After casting they were painted in the four different colors needed for the interiors.
Raw NOS wheel.
The are many flaws in the wheel. Low spots, mold spots etc. Its not a perfectly cast wheel. It even had two spots on the hub where the rubber cracked off and the manufacturer glued the rubber back on. The wheel had stress cracks in the spokes down by the hub. It also had one crack out where the rim meets the spoke. Plan is to fix cracks and fill in the casting flaws.
I used a small hacksaw to cut out the cracked areas, down to the metal core of the wheel. This gets rid of the crack entirely and gives the epoxy something to grab onto. I also beveled the edges of the cuts.
I used PC-7 epoxy to fill in the cracks and flaws. Eastwood sells a wheel resto kit and thats what they send. So I ordered it from Home Depot.
I used a Dremel to grind the epoxy down and reshape the grooves on the sides of the spokes.
Since the epoxy is thick there are some small pits after sanding. I filled them with some finishing putty from Evercoat.
Next step is sanding down the putty and priming the wheel. Stay tuned.....
Seat belts that I got from Ron Frye. Soaked them in Simple Green to get the dirt out of em and reshot the buckle plastic. Added new decals from the Parts Place. These are standard F85 only, they have plastic collars around the ends.
Door panels from SMS.
Im working on fixing the cracks in the steering wheel right now.
Ramz what would the value be on set of these rare seat belts? I have a set that is in pretty nice condition just like the ones you posted.
RAMZ, why did you not primer the wheel yourself? Curious about the primer because one of my restored wheels is starting to release paint. My thought was the primer was not high enough quality. I used seymour primer and them SEM gloss black to paint the wheel. Looks good but the paint has released in a couple places. Could Seymour, the inventor of aerosolized paint, actually produce low quality primer??? I hope not.
Post by stan65cutlass on Dec 3, 2011 17:22:40 GMT -5
its just a steering wheel jasen, put it in the warm house, carry it to your cool shop, paint paint, carry back in the warm house hanging from a wire, hang it by the woodstove next to the christmas stockings. done
Started on the dashes. I have the original and I have another I bought from a dude in Chicago. Both are cracked in half on the bottom. The original is warped bad in the top corner, the other not so much. I figured I better get a dash face to fit them to while I heat them up. Nick came thru with a scrap piece for me. Bubs came thru with the heat.
The padded dashes have a steel core, while the plastic is just that, plastic. So they warp, break, crack etc. In order to get the original shape back along the top I cut apart two padded dashes. I used parts of the steel core to reform the plastic in the shape of the steel. I heated up the plastic, clamped on the steel piece, heated and tightened until the warp was gone. The Chicago piece is done and ready for plastic work. The original is in the jig right now. It had a major whooptiedoo in the upper A pillar corner. Plus it fits like shit, probably due to the warping. I dont know if its fixable yet.
Ive noticed that these dashes dont like to fit back on the dash plates. Many holes do not line up and its probably due to them warping. When fitted there is a 1/8in gap between the broke pieces. Even with the Chicago dash back where it needs to be there is a gap. Ill fill the gap instead of butting it back together. I dont want this thing to crack somewhere else because its a tight fit as it is.