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Steve Plucker 02-24-2020 01:59 PM

Restoring a original red steering wheel...

I am restoring a 1928 Model A Ford Red Steering Wheel.

I am in need of an article that appeared in Model A News in 1961.

It is titled "Restoring the Red Steering Wheel": Vol 8, Issue 9 and 10.

Would anyone have this? Have contacted the MARC offices also with no luck so far.



Steve Plucker 02-24-2020 02:16 PM

Re: Restoring a original red steering wheel...

Found it...Not much there to go by!


rotorwrench 02-24-2020 09:16 PM

Re: Restoring a original red steering wheel...

The red phenolic/formaldehyde resin is a different critter than the hard rubber that came later. It is a close relative of bakelite. If the surface is getting compromised by weathering, painting the surface may be the only way to bring it back to a nice dark red color. I've seen a fair amount of old bakelite aircraft raydomes and antique ADF antenna covers that were painted and they seem to last as good as anything. Matching the color might be difficult if yours was one that had the black specs in it like I've heard that some had.

A lot of bakelight stuff is repaired with epoxy resin that is colored with powder pigments but that sounds like a lot of work to me.

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