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Refurb of steering wheel

PostPost by: davie489 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:44 pm

Hi there

Can anyone recommend a repairer for my steering wheel? It's an original Colin chapman one that I snapped inside on the rim getting out of the car. Guess it needs welding and new covering put on. Maybe leather?

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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:46 pm

Kelvedon, recovered mine a few years back, did a great job.

http://www.kelsport.net

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:59 am

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:03 am

I had the leather bound Steering wheel break on a car. I unpicked the stitching around half and slid the leather just off that half. Eased the padding off the rim. Got the broken part tig welded.
I then spent 2 hours to put padding and leather back in place.
Bought some strong thread and 2 needles. Restitched using original holes.
100% very happy and impossible to see the Wheel has had a repair.
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:20 pm

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PostPost by: Rob P » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:28 pm

661 wrote:


+1


+2, quality job on mine
Simplify and add lightness

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:47 pm

alan.barker wrote:I had the leather bound Steering wheel break on a car. I unpicked the stitching around half and slid the leather just off that half. Eased the padding off the rim. Got the broken part tig welded.
I then spent 2 hours to put padding and leather back in place.
Bought some strong thread and 2 needles. Restitched using original holes.
100% very happy and impossible to see the Wheel has had a repair.
Alan


Sorry to be a Job's comforter but as I understand it the strength of the weld needs to be precise in that too weak and it breaks in normal use and too strong and it might not break during an accident when it's supposed to and maybe cause an injury. Might be worth having it checked somehow??
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:02 am

I am lucky the friend that welded the break for me is a welding instructor. For sure it needs to be done right and not break like the original :wink:
Does Len just cover the wheels or does he weld them also.
Did the supplier do destructive tests for type approval.
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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:07 pm

alan.barker wrote:I am lucky the friend that welded the break for me is a welding instructor. For sure it needs to be done right and not break like the original :wink:
Does Len just cover the wheels or does he weld them also.
Did the supplier do destructive tests for type approval.
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He got someone to weld mine and then covered it.
It can be touch and go as to whether a weld is feasible depending on the position, I'm told
He has also had some spokes remanufactured so a replacement may be possible if a weld isn't.
Best discuss your needs with him. He's a class operator.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:44 pm

I don't think a weld can be too strong because the parent metal determines the strength if the penetration of the weld is correct :wink:
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PostPost by: gherlt » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:03 pm

>Did the supplier do destructive tests for type approval.
tests ??
type ... what ??
in the 60's ?

are you kidding ??
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