BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: May 2011
Vehicle: 1964 Mercedes 190c, 1968 Mercedes 230S, 1979 Mercedes 230, 1961 Auto Union 1000S
Location: Windhoek Namibia
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re: steering wheel
I've got the ivory one in the litle fin and a black one in the big fin. The black wheel is fine, uncracked, and the cushion around the emblem is fine as well. With the ivory one, that is quite cracked, unfortunately, and the cushion was completely ruined. What I decided on there is to have a replacement 'cushion' made from the same wood that I've had put on the dash (rosewood), and then use that as the centre piece. The back of this circular wooden block still needs grinding out for the locknut to fit in there and the chrome ring over the outside...
Not too sure yet about the wheel itself, the pitted one in the Auto Union I just sanded down and sprayed it in Hammerite dark grey and left the interior Ivory badge. Looks OK. But that wheel is Bakelit, where the Merc one is plastic.
If I can get a solid enough substrate built up around the wheel to cover the cracks and pitting, this can then be sanded for spraying... Possibly body colour (that car is ivory grey).
Do the wheel in body colour, should look nice or cover in suede like the dash panel?
Look forward to seeing your progress!