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 Post subject: Smaller "Stock" Wheel Finished
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:04 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Hey Guys,

It's been too damn cold to be out in the garage for very long...so I figured I'd get my steering wheel project finished. It had been sitting on the back-burner since May - I've been busy.

Just to recap - the idea was to cut down the 17" stock steering wheel and make one a little less bus like. Here's the start point.

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I ended up having to do a segmented wheel as I couldn't get the mahogany to bend nicely (I could have steamed it, but I'm lazy). I went with a segmented wheel - with all parts being cut sequentially it minimizes the look of the segments (damn, that makes no sense, but you'll see). I decided to go with an inlay of Bloodwood - it matches my red interior and is hard as hell and very pretty.

Here's the shots of putting the wood on the metal rim - West System Epoxy was used to glue everything.

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Clamps - I need more clamps.

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What was I saying about the clamps?

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Here it is with the plastic repaired and the mahogany toned to a better colour.

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I carved a thumb groove to make it a very comfy wheel.

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Here's the detail shot...still needs to be clear coated, but I think it's coming along nicely. The horn push that I have in the car right now will replace this ratty one - it was just for test fitting things. Not bad for a $10 eBay wheel and about two weekends and a few weeknights.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:28 pm 
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I HATE YOU TELUS!!!!!!

now to retype what i typed before...

oooh....pretty....

but I think you need more clamps. ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:07 am 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Excellent work, as usual. And CLAMPS!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:11 am 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Beautiful work Craig :supz:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:48 am 
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now do that on the outside of the car and make a woody!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:02 am 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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swedishmeatballrocket wrote:
now do that on the outside of the car and make a woody!


I've never been a huge fan of woodies - sort of a weird car concept, but every bit as biodegradable as metal.

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...please don't turn your car into a beaver wagon.

beaver wagons make baby jesus cry.

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nice job! any other wood trim going on in there?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:53 pm 
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Yup, I did a shift knob (or I refinished one that I got from the Princess and made a new indicator plate for), it doesn't need anymore wood. I'm hoping the automotive clear works well and it should stand up to the elements.

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That's who I was thinking of, Raz.

Clamps clamps CLAMPS!


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Futurama reference? If not I'll have to start watching more TV.

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That wheel is gonna look slick in that car. Damn slick.

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 Post subject: Wheel Gets Clear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:35 pm 
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Be careful...clear coating your wood steering wheel increases the colour and "pop" of the wheel. Here's the last instalment of the wheel build until I get it bolted in the car at least. Another well spent afternoon in Greg's paint booth...I mean garage the the new wheel and shift knob have a new finish. It's a 2-part polyurethane clear that came out of a rattle can. It's every bit as toxic and hard as normal car paint, but quite a bit less expensive ($25 per can). I only needed a single can to get the parts coated.

Five coats of clear were applied to the wheel (including the black centre part) and 4 went on the shift ball. After it dried up (overnight) I had a little wet sanding to do (starting at 400 and ending up at 2000 grit) as the finish settled into the grain of the wood and there were a few mishaps. You'd think I'd be better at the wheel painting gig after the GT wheel, but clear out of a can is tricky. It sanded great and polished up like a new dime. It takes quite a bit to polish the poly as it is so hard, but the results speak for themselves. Smooth as glass.

Here are the shots.

From the side.
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Aerial shot.
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This shot shows off the Bloodwood to best effect.
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Here's the shift knob. Bought at Princess Auto - I had the shift pattern done at an engraving shop on textured black plastic.

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Side view - not bad for $3 (and it is walnut - or the cheap Chinese knock off of walnut :D )

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ooooohhhhh....ahhhh....

very pretty :)

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