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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Oh wretched steering wheel in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; So... Not the most savvy when it comes to automobiles, cutting my teeth on a good ol' 79 Deville. As ...
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    Oh wretched steering wheel

    So...

    Not the most savvy when it comes to automobiles, cutting my teeth on a good ol' 79 Deville. As we all have
    seen; the wheel cracks with age/abuse. Mine's not bad, but bad enough that I wanna fix it. Since it's telescoping, do I have to remove the steering column?

    How do I go about it with the least amount of damage and expletives?

    Or. Is there a place that refurbishes them without charging an arm and a leg?

    Or. Would I be better off using some matching filler?

    Any help on this project would be much appreciated.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    It's easy enough, take the horn button off, take the telescope lock lever off, wind out the telescope lock cam and shaft (lefty loosey), take the steering wheel retainer nut off.
    NOW it is best to have a puller, but I've taken many off with a good whack from a wooden mallet. (If you use a steel head hammer be sure to protect the threads and end of the mounting shaft somehow). Also be sure to pull the telescope out a bit so the moving part of the column is not bottomed out, you want the force to go into your other hand holding the wheel.

    ALSO DON'T REPEAT DON'T have your face too close because many many times when I was younger have I had a steering wheel crack the bridge of my nose! (Hurts like hell and may produce blood).

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Good to know! I've been scouring junkyards and cannot find a decent/matching one at all.

    Do you have any experience repairing older ones?

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Nope. Is it a show-er or a driver? If it's a driver I'm sure there's somebody out there who can do something that looks nice or you can buy a stitch up cover. If you want it original go the junkyard route. Strange they don't seem to hold up well.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Trying to get it show-y. Mostly wanna clean up the aesthetic defects so my lady and I have something nice to step out in. The morons that owned it before me just didn't give it the love it deserves.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Use a steering wheel puller. For a non-leather wheel, you can file cracks, fill with epoxy, sand, prime, paint. I chose to replace mine with a good used leather wheel. There are companies out there that specialize in steering wheel restoration if you want to get spendy.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    That Craft Customs seems like a good candidate. How spendy is spendy? If it's over 200, I really don't wanna sink that much into it.

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    Leather and wood- what color is your wheel?

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    CADforce69 did a whole write up about restoring his wheel in his thread about fixing up his 69 SDV. Look for it.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Leather and wood- what color is your wheel?
    It's a light beige (I think) whatever color they used to match the "Western Saddle" interior.

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    There are usually a few decent OEM steering wheels available on eBay.

    Otherwise, here are a couple of options:

    http://www.garyssteeringwheel.com/

    And this one was already mentioned, here is the link:

    http://www.american-stitches.com/

    As Craig will always say, look in Hemmings if you need more.

    You can always buy a leather steering wheel cover, I have done that on some hopeless steering wheels in the past, and it turns out pretty well if you are patient enough to stitch it up right.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    I have not finished mine yet but I pulled mine with 3 5/16 coarse bolts and a heavy chunk of steel.

    I then filled it with epoxy putty and sanded it down. Then painted it and cut and put in wood insert, stained and polyurethane then chrome pinstripe tape. I need to redo the stripe tape to get it straighter, then I plan to cover with the two part epoxy they use to cover coins on bar tops!

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Mother of Gawd look at that thing. You do know Sears sells inexpensive pullers right????

    Eastwood's has a steering wheel DIY repair kit. http://www.eastwood.com/complete-ste...ation-kit.html
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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtywaterdiver View Post
    Mother of Gawd look at that thing. You do know Sears sells inexpensive pullers right????

    Eastwood's has a steering wheel DIY repair kit. http://www.eastwood.com/complete-ste...ation-kit.html
    Can't beat free!

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    Re: Oh wretched steering wheel

    That there is some serious craftsmanship, Dave!
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