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Old 10-27-2020, 06:43 AM   #1
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Curious for those who have put a cover on your steering wheel, what did you use? My steering wheel measures 17" in diameter and is very skinny. My big hands would like more to grab. I like the old school leather lace grip type. Finding this size it hard and if I get a 16" and try to stretch it, the synthetic type break from what I have read. So I think real leather is probably the best way to go but my major concern is that the wheel is so skinny will there be too much material and or a lot of overlap?
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:53 AM   #2
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Google truck steering wheel cover. I see some old style laced on that claim to fit 16" - 18" wheels.

Superior 58-0470B Truckline Sport Grip Steering Wheel Cover is one of them.
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:58 PM   #3
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I checked that out and it is the style I would like but it says it covers a wheel up to 3 1/2" circumference, darn these old steering wheels are about 1 1/4? circumference, what do you do with all the extra material?
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Pipe insulation, then install the wheel cover over it. If the wheel cover goes completely around it, you will never see the insulation. It should give you the feel of a padded steering wheel.

As to how it will look, as good as the cover.
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:09 PM   #5
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Interesting idea, wonder how the finish product looks?
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I checked that out and it is the style I would like but it says it covers a wheel up to 3 1/2" circumference, darn these old steering wheels are about 1 1/4? circumference, what do you do with all the extra material?
Using a cloth tape measure, my '38 banjo wheel measures ~2 5/8 inches around high point on the finger notches and ~3 inches on the thumb tabs. Any overage is overlapped with the exposed edge toward the dash.
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Racer rope for me..
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Like 40cpesaid. The cover can overlap in back.
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:49 PM   #9
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This company made up a steering wheel cover for my 54 Ford. I sent them the dimensions and they made a cover that fit perfectly. You lace it up yourself. http://steeringwheelscover.com


They have a nice tutorial on their site
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:12 PM   #10
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This company made up a steering wheel cover for my 54 Ford. I sent them the dimensions and they made a cover that fit perfectly. You lace it up yourself. http://steeringwheelscover.com


They have a nice tutorial on their site
Ditto on that vendor. The cover I got for my '41 went on perfectly and feels great. No slipping on those sweaty palm days.
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I bought a 16" leather cover, had a hell of a time to stretch it over my '38 banjo wheel, but it does fit like a glove and has been on there now for almost 30 years. Nothing beats real leather.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:02 AM   #12
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Renfrew hockey stick grip tape was my solution to the cracked wheel in my '39 p/u. Isn't sticky like electrical friction tape.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:08 AM   #13
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I bought a 16" leather cover, had a hell of a time to stretch it over my '38 banjo wheel, but it does fit like a glove and has been on there now for almost 30 years. Nothing beats real leather.
That looks sweet, any idea where you got it 30 years ago, company probably is long gone.
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:46 AM   #14
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Do you have a sewing machine? If so,it's really easy to make one. It'll probably cost around five bucks. It's worth a try.
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I've thought about trying bicycle handlebar wrap. They use leather for that sometimes.
I haven't tried it yet, tho.

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That looks sweet, any idea where you got it 30 years ago, company probably is long gone.

It was Grand Auto Supply, which became O'Reilly Auto Parts in 2009. Just a cellophane package item, you might still find one.
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Try your local saddle shop. They will make you one.
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Old 10-30-2020, 07:07 AM   #18
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A nice pair of driving gloves work wonders and you don't have to screw up a beautiful steering wheel. My 2
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