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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-13-2019 at 06:37:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Years ago there was a place called MINN-KOTA who did steering wheel restorations but have since gone out of business. I recall getting a quote from them for my OEM early 8N steering wheel job and the cost was ridiculously high so I passed. Their high prices is probably what caused their demise; they just weren't getting the business. Anyway, a friend was asking me if there is someone else doing them. I don't know, thought I'd look here in the archives but don't see anyone. Anyone know of a current shop doing them?


    Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

    Kirk,NJ    Posted 01-15-2019 at 04:12:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim, Joel Wilber wrote an how-to article on repairing a steering wheel a few years back. This is the only one I could find, which wasn't it but I'm sure he can send it to you if you email him.

    ALZ(MO)    Posted 01-14-2019 at 12:48:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Something I tried a few years ago, just to see how it looked. Steering wheel was missing some chunks, not completely stripped bare. I used some 2-part epoxy, the kind you kneed together. Once set up, I was able to use a file to form the knobs and smooth out the radius. Looked passable when completed.

    Kent S.    Posted 01-14-2019 at 12:41:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • From what I've heard from someone at the LeSuer swap meet, the guy running MINN-KOTA retired. This person had done business with him and knew the situation.

    Dean    Posted 01-14-2019 at 14:06:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The man who operated Minn-Kota passed several years ago.

    His daughter ran the business for a few years thereafter before shutting it down.

    Dean

    littleguns    Posted 01-14-2019 at 11:53:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Probably 15 years ago I repaired a badly damaged steering wheel on my 8N with lots of plumber's epoxy (NOT plumber's putty). Plumber's epoxy comes in a skinny tube and is kneaded to make a final mix. It is malleable enough to shape nicely but solid enough to not run. It is sandable into final shape. I replaced entire sections that were missing down to the steel rim and also filled numerous cracks after beveling them. After final shaping and sanding, I painted with matte epoxy spray paint. It will never be show quality, but it looks and functions darned well compared with the original one with large chunks missing. It has not cracked in 15 years. This may not be what you need for your situation, but it may be helpful to others with cleaned-up working tractors.

    Mower    Posted 01-13-2019 at 21:52:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • There are lots of places that restore vintage steering wheels, but you're gonna pay for it. There's a fair amount of labor involved, and running a business isn't cheap. Just use any old search engine and type in "Steering Wheel Restoration" and you'll find loads of them.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 01-13-2019 at 11:13:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • There are a bunch of shops that specialize in steering wheel restoration, but those show-quality restoration shops always want way more than I'm going to spend on a tractor.
    garyssteeringwheel.com
    steeringwheelbob.com
    qualityrestorations.com
    I restored one of my steering wheels using Marine-Tex. It may be just another brand name for the same basic stuff as JB Weld but I figured something made for boats might hold up better outside. I used Marine-Tex to fill cracks and rebuild missing material near the spokes. Like any similar repair with bondo, fiberglass, or JB Weld, glopping extra just makes more work so I tried to shape it as close to perfect as possible before it got completely hard. After dry sanding with medium then fine paper, went over the whole thing with 800 wet. The Marine-Tex was gray, so it really helped to see where the repairs blended with original material. I finished it with a Krylon matte black rattle can formulated for plastic. It's been more than 8 years and it still looks good.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-13-2019 at 10:51:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • have you tried Gary?

    http://www.garyssteeringwheel.com/services.htm

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-14-2019 at 06:59:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yep, I knew of Gary, but I did not do any on-line searching as it is someone else asking for the info. I just told him to gaggle it and see what's out there. Nobody is going to be cheap.

    TPD

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