New Steering Wheel

I’ve been thinking about small things I can do and buy while waiting for our baby to arrive. I’ve been doing quite a few website projects for companies in the area, but I want to keep fanning the fire on the truck too. So, this morning I went Junkyarding on a beautiful, albeit overcast and foggy, Minnesota winter’s morning.

I visited a ‘yard that I’ve been to several times, and while they don’t have the market cornered on vintage cars, they have enough to keep me happy. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, but knew I would know when I saw it.

I found a 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe that was pretty badly rusted pushed back into the corner of the yard. I took a peek in the window, and was greeted by one of the coolest wheels I’ve seen! The horn ring makes the wheel. It’s a cast piece, aluminum I think (haven’t tried a magnet on it), and is very art deco. It took me a while to figure out how to take it off (it just snaps off and on!) during which time I called two knowledgeable people… neither could help. So I carefully poked at it, and finally got it off.

1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Steering Wheel

The plan right now is to take my time, and work on restoring it as best I can. I’ll have to do some more research, but if memory serves, I can rough up the cracks, and fill them with body filler, then prime and paint it with automotive-type paint. Maybe I’ll enlist Tuck to metalflake it… that would rock!
1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Steering Wheel 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Steering Wheel

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