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RE: Disintegrating steering wheel

>>I can't sew, so I'm going to give the local shoe and zipper repair guy a
>>call. He's a old-world type guy, in his late 60's. I figure if anyone
>>can handle it, he can.

Osman -- maybe you can take him this pattern for a steering wheel cover that
I saved from one of Igor's posts.

Tim King
Seattle WA
89 200 tqw
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From: i6941TB@gnn.com
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 00:17:21
Subject: Re: CGT steering wheel

Jesse Almero, Jr. asked:

>I guess I now have to admit that my Coupe GT is old.  Yesterday a hoe
>sprouted in the leather on the steering wheel right under my right hand.  I
>could forget the crack in the dash and he tear in the driver's seat 'cause
>I can't see them while i'm driving, but with this little tear, I always
>its there.  Does anyone know of a decent solution or should I just get an
>aftermarket steering wheel?

This is how I repaired several small sport steering wheels that I had on my
over the years (the following assumes that you can operate a sewing

1. Find a piece of good hide (I got it from a friend who ownes a custom
upholstery shop).
1a.Find a HEAVY DUTY, all nylon upholstery thread.
1b.Find a package of HEAVY DUTY needles for your sewing machine. European
size 110
and higher (I am do not know american needle standards, but if you go with
german Singer you'll be OK).
2. Measure the INSIDE circumference of the wheel. Let's assume that it is L
3. Measure the circumference of the wheel rim. Let's assume that it is h cm.
4. The hide, just like any fabric(!) is stretchable only in one direction.
that direction and cut out a L+2cm x h cm rectangle "belt" along it.
5. Adjust the sewing machine acordingly. Set the stitch length on Max
(approx 5mm)
6. Put 2 lines of stitching along the long edges of the "belt" at 1cm from
edges. SECURE the ends well!!

Attempted ASCII drawing No. 1:

 _________________________________________  _
|-----------------------------------------| |
|               stitching                 | |
|                                         | h cm
|               stitching                 | |
|-----------------------------------------| |
 _________________________________________  _

7. Fold the belt in two, with the face side of the leather inwards. Stitch
together two short ends @ 1cm off the edge (that's why two 1cm margins were
to L).
8. Turn the belt inside out, hiding the seam. Now it should look like a
leather band with a diameter equal to your steering wheel's inside diameter.
9. Pull the band over the wheel. You will do a lot of stretching, be
10. Once on the wheel, the band will hug it. That is why you made it equal
to the
inside diameter of the wheel. The edges should come together on the inside
of the
wheel with very little wrinkling.
11. Run about 1m of thread through the eyelet of a big HAND needle. Manualy
the thread through the two previously made stitchings in a zig-zag fashion,
securing the leather band ends together.

Attempted ASCII drawing No. 2:
|                                         |
|                                         |
|                                         |   hand stitching.

This is really a lot simpler, than it seems. You don't need a new $250 wheel
you have only worn out the outside cover.


P.S. No matter what I do, ASCII comes out totally screwed up. Sorry. E-mail
me if
anything is unclear.