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YellowRose 09-19-2016 10:17 AM

Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration
Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration - PH: 717-243-5646 - Email: WheelRest@aol.com


Gary said that if you need steering wheel restoration services to send him pictures of your steering wheel and he will email you a quote back to you. Gary is located in Carlisle, PA and for those of you who go to the Carlisle events, as he does, you may have met him in the past.

simplyconnected 09-19-2016 12:20 PM

I'm concerned about Gary's process because it doesn't mention rust. My '55 Ford steering wheel had cracks but worse, those cracks let in water that rusted the steel rod. The rust caused sections of hard plastic to come off this two-spoked wheel.

Painting over rusty steel will not stop bloating and further damage. Jed Zimmerman recognized this in his process and he removed all the rust before filling with epoxy. - Dave

YellowRose 09-19-2016 01:39 PM

Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration
I just spoke with Gary regarding the issue of rust. Like Jed, he recognizes the problem that rust can cause in this process and removes all rust before filling with epoxy. He has been doing steering wheel restorations for some 30 years he said.

simplyconnected 09-19-2016 07:25 PM

That's great, but his process mentions nothing about rust removal. Usually it takes a couple years for rust to rear it's ugly head. Coincidently, that happens after the warranty period is long gone.

Is he a member of Squarebirds.org? Does he offer our members a discount? These questions may sound insignificant until you realize that Jed WAS a member and he DID offer our fellow members a discount. As a result, Jed handled a lot of business for our membership in the form of seat foams and steering wheel restorations. In my book, that's giving back to our community. - Dave

YellowRose 09-19-2016 08:41 PM

Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration
I will advise him to put his statement regarding the handling of rust problems in his website. He is not a member of this Forum, nor does he give us a discount. But I will invite him to become a member and ask him if he will provide Forum members with a discount...

YellowRose 09-20-2016 10:30 AM

Gary's Steering Wheel Restoration
I spoke with Gary this morning and told him that it has been suggested that he add his information regarding rust prevention to his website. He said he would consider that. I also asked him if he could provide us with a discount. His response to that was that he was barely making it in his business as it was and was not in a position to do so.

Dave mentioned to me that there are other companies out there that do steering wheel restorations. If anyone knows of more of them, send me the information in an email or a PM, instead of posting it here.

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