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Old June 4th, 2003, 02:22 PM   #1
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since my camera has decided to work again (don't know for how long) i figured i'd put up some pics of the banjo steering wheel i started making awhile back. the hub & spokes are out of the original steering wheel of a 63 austin healey 3000 roadster i had many years ago. i found the car recently in a scrap yard and the wheel had been laying in water and old carpet for so long the rim was almost totally rusted away but the hub and stainless steel spokes survived. for a new rim i cut apart a custom wheel from a cabin cruiser. it's stainless steel also and i'm going to leave it bare. the horn button mount is a modified part from a grant wheel and the button is a cutdown wolfsburg button from a later bug. the hub splines to a super beetle shaft perfectly.
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Old June 4th, 2003, 02:42 PM   #2
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That's way cool!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] Good job, it came together very well. peace, -Ian
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Old June 4th, 2003, 02:59 PM   #3
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Pretty cool [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smokin.gif[/img] Turned out great, now make me one.

I saw this vintage Petri wheel cover for Porsche/VWs that would look cool on that. Basically it was a leather but was snapped on instead of sewn together. Something like that would look the part with holes on the leather so enough stainless would show through. Very vintage speedster look to it [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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looks sweet.... especially the horn button :D
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Looks like a Million bucks.I think the price of boat steering wheels just went up. B) Are the spokes just butt welded to the rim?
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Old June 4th, 2003, 10:01 PM   #6
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i cut slots in the rim (it's hollow) and inserted the spokes into the slots then tig welded the spokes to the rim on the back.
btw, crackmonkey donated the wolfsburg horn button. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Old June 6th, 2003, 02:51 AM   #7
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That's awesome lillbill !!!!! has a great look to it .... and the idea alone B)
Let's see some more of this stuff on the forum huh?

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too cool bill [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smokin.gif[/img]
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how did you weld it from the inside? is there a slot in the back, or does the rim come apart, I'm just wondering how... so I can make one, I have to show my friend dave this one too as he works at a marina, too cool, just gave me ideas for anotehr project I have, I guess my empi gt wheel is out now, because that idea is so much cooler.
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Old June 6th, 2003, 09:29 AM   #10
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here's some shots of the original wheel and the hub after i seperated it.
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Old June 6th, 2003, 09:33 AM   #11
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here's a shot of the hub mounted on a sb column
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Old June 6th, 2003, 12:35 PM   #12
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my camera broke during the time i was modifying the rim so no pics of that stage. here's a pic of a similar boat wheel except this one has a teak rim and mine was stainless tube.

basicly i cut out the boat spokes which left me with a rim with 6 equally spaced holes where the spokes were. i cut down the banjo spokes in length until with the hub centered in the rim the spokes would just fit in the od of the rim. then i took my dremel tool and cut slots in 3 of the rim holes just wide enough for the banjo spokes to slip into. the spokes lock into the rim tight enough that the wheel is plenty sturdy as is but i plan to tig weld the spokes to the rim on the backside.
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