Les Leston wood wheel

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    [b]ka2s4 wrote: [/b] “Happy new year Al! 😀

    Hope you had a god one.

    BTW It's Safety Fast, and I would go clear gloss, but i'm no expert, so anyone else got an opinion?

    James”

    Hi James,

    Thanks for correcting me, Safety First is GM and Safety Fast in BMC, I gotta get my head adjusted !!!!!!! Sorry Will.

    Yep, had a good new year and got to bed around 2.30 on a lovely warm night in Wanaka. Thanks for your opinion on the wheel, I felt it would be gloss.

    Regards

    Al

  2. Hi guys,

    Is there a LL steering wheel expert in the audience? I am working on a wheel I bought from Safety_First (thanks Will)via the 'For Sale' board and I am wondering how the wood should be finished. Were theystained? oiled or clear-coated and if coated, was it satin or gloss? Any help appreciated.

    Regards

    Al

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    Happy new year Al! 😀

    Hope you had a god one.

    BTW It's Safety Fast, and I would go clear gloss, but i'm no expert, so anyone else got an opinion?

    James

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    They were originally finished in a very heavy clear gloss, no stain etc. I have found the best to use is the acrylic glos laquer available from Halfords. It dries really fast enableing you to build up your coats fast. It also dries VERY, VERY hard.

    M.

    PS. Al, I appreciate the Halfords reference is probably no good to you, but still look for acrylic laquer.

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    There is a guy on ebay.com that sells repro ones, they are not ridiculously priced either. They are however not exactly like an original either.

    M.

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    [b]mk1 wrote: [/b] “There is a guy on ebay.com that sells repro ones, they are not ridiculously priced either. They are however not exactly like an original either.

    M.”

    Ok tks mk1, can you provide me with a link pls, as i cant seemfind the guy in question.Cheers, N.:)

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    In 1974 my Mum sold her 1962 997 Cooper – red with a white roof, MG1100 engine Cosmic wheels, bubbling with rust everywhere and a LL steering whgeel – probably about 12-14 inches? with the wood rim and rounded alloy boss…….£120.:shock:

    Last seen in Street (Somerset) in 1977, rusted to buggery but still with the wheel. I doubt 542EXC made it.

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    [b]niall9311 wrote: [/b] “hens teeth i know but any idea where i can get a metal horn push surround for a 15' LL grand prix steering wheel from?;)” [b]Hi ! :)[/b]Is this what you want : [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MINI-COOPER-MK1-WORKS-TULIP-STEERING-WHEEL-BOSS-BMC-ST_W0QQitemZ180203889958QQihZ008QQcategoryZ43122QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MINI-COOPER-MK1-WORKS-TULIP-STEERING-WHEEL-BOSS-BMC-ST_W0QQitemZ180203889958QQihZ008QQcategoryZ43122QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    [b]Itsarek wrote: [/b] “[b]niall9311 wrote: [/b] “hens teeth i know but any idea where i can get a metal horn push surround for a 15' LL grand prix steering wheel from?;)” [b]Hi ! :)[/b]Is this what you want : [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MINI-COOPER-MK1-WORKS-TULIP-STEERING-WHEEL-BOSS-BMC-ST_W0QQitemZ180203889958QQihZ008QQcategoryZ43122QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MINI-COOPER-MK1-WORKS-TULIP-STEERING-WHEEL-BOSS-BMC-ST_W0QQitemZ180203889958QQihZ008QQcategoryZ43122QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]”

    Thanks but it's the horn push surround rather than the boss that i need.

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    I am fairly certain that this is the seller who offers Leston horn rings,

    [url=http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/tih2ho/]http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/tih2ho/[/url]

    Mark F.

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    Hi guys,

    Work is slowly continuing on the wheel, I have the alloy polished and the wood ready for a couple of final coats of clear. I was wondering if thewheels had thespokes coated in clear. It seems obvious the highly polished finish I have at the moment won't stay but maybe that is the way it was, the alloy went dull.

    Regards

    Al

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    Hi Minorparts,

    Thanks for your advice. I'll be doing it in two-pot and it won't come away but I think I'll leave it plain as you suggest.

    Regards

    Al

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    I would personally steer well clear of putting laquer on the aluminium. Once it starts coming off it will look terrible! If the car is stored well the bare polished aluminium should last OK with the little attention. I'd just laquer the wood.

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