July 15, 2017

Restore and repair: original steering wheel: 1956 International Harvester

Restoring and detailing all the bits and pieces is the dun part of any restoration.

Today I tackled the steering wheel. These old wheels where made of bakelight or similar plastic that had a habit of separating and spreading apart from the underlined steel frame. Luckily they're easy enough to repair which includes grinding and beveling out the separated areas and filling with appropriate materials.

 A grinder is used to rough out the gaps and bevel the edges that need to be filled.

 Vinyl hand sanding is done to bring sanded area further out from the repair.

For the largest areas I mixed up some kitty hair which includes a fiberglass resin.

 The kitty hair is packed into the largest areas and allowed to cure.

 Once hardened the fiberglass is rough smooth with the grinder. I'll smooth it down with some hand sanding and then we'll put a final skim of filler across the repairs before priming and painting to perfection.

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