Real Walnut Steering Wheel


My car was originally ordered with the Deluxe Interior Decor which included upgraded upholstery featuring the iconic running ponies on the seat backs, upgraded door panels and door pulls, a courtesy light at the bottom of the door, “walnut woodgrain” instrument panel and glove box door, and the deluxe “walnut woodgrain” steering wheel.  These “woodgrain” adornments were of course made of stamped vinyl and plastic.  As a woodworker, I knew I could improve on this simulated woodgrain by replacing the plastic wheel rim and vinyl pieces with real walnut.  Here I feature the steering wheel restoration.

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The first task was to disassemble the steering wheel and strip off the old plastic ring. This turned out to be quite a chore requiring saws, chisels and lots of elbow grease. The plating on the original wheel frame was also in poor condition.  After several failed attempts to revive the finish with chrome polish and buffing wheels, I sent the whole thing out for re-plating


Here is the original steering wheel before the restoration.  A common problem was shrinkage in the plastic woodgrain leading to ugly gaps in the rim.  The original wheel rim is also very thin and is not very comfortable to grip. This restoration takes care of both those problems.