|The MGA With An Attitude
STEERING WHEEL REPAIR - SR-203
At 06:42 PM 9/24/2007 -0600, Pete Newton wrote:
"Do you know of a good epoxy etc. that can be used to fill in the cracks on my original steering wheel?"
Here are some notes garnered from internet archives:
On 21 September 1999 at 23:05:21 UK time Randy Myers wrote:
Eastwood sells a steering wheel repair kit (I haven't used it) for about $22 that comes with a 20 page handbook. It looks like the repair material they include in the kit is a two part epoxy as suggested earlier. They can be contacted at 1-800-345-1178 or www.eastwoodco.com
On 22 September 1999 at 01:21:53 UK time Tom Custer wrote:
I'm using JB-Weld (two-part epoxy) to fill the cracks in the steering wheel. The tricky part is sanding to get a finish that doesn't look like a repair job after you respray it.
On 22 September 1999 at 03:25:39 UK time JeffSchultz wrote:
I used an epoxy putty to repair my rim. Mine was cracked at the spokes just like yours, and there was also a split in the plastic rim so that the metal inside was showing.With the putty, I was able to shape the repair so very little sanding was required. After it hardened, I sanded smooth and painted with black Krylon, You really can't tell it was ever cracked.
The stuff I used was called "Quick Weld Epoxy Putty", but I have seen similar stuff in lots of hardware and auto parts stores here in the states. I am sure you could find some epoxy putty locally.
On 10 October 2003 at 21:32:58 UK time Dino Zappi wrote:
When I restored the steering wheel on my MGA, I used the 2 part epoxy in those small cans that are available from Moss and others. There is even a book that came along with the kit. I must say that if you follow the instructions in the little booklet, your finished product will come out great, probably better than when new. It really is not to difficult. The most difficult part is reshaping the wheel with a file, grinder or sander. You also may to do some welding of spokes to the rim. The key is to have a good paint job done when all finished, this part you may want to leave to a paint shop..should not be very expensive.
If you opt for a new wheel, I have heard remarks from suppliers that they are not satisfied with the quality, but after taking a look at them myself, I found them rather good. So, if you have the time and look forward to this type of work do it yourself, you'll be proud everytime you have your hands wrapped around the wheel. Remember get the booklet, it guides you along.
On 30 March 2000 at 05:04:43 UK time Lew Palmer wrote:
I bought the Eastwood kit, and at the time it came with a booklet with color photos, also about 20 pages. Yes, the expoy (called PC-7 and available at most Ace Hardware stores) is much cheaper in the stores. However, I followed the instructions and repaired my original MGA wheel with spectacular results. I am extremely pleased with how it came out. In my book, the money was well spent. Without the Eastwood kit, I probably would have replaced the original wheel with a new one at MANY times the cost of the kit.