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Username Post: Steering wheel restore and other interior questions.        (Topic#354205)
df0rster 
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12-04-18 07:50 AM - Post#2753321    

My original steering wheel is of course cracked, like all others I have seen.

Question is, I have seen restore kits using epoxy for around $50. Reproductions are about $250 and include the chrome trim as well. Is it worth the hassle to restore it or just replace with a repro?

Also have a similar question about the AC controls. Mine is in need of restoration. Its pitted pretty bad. I can buy a salvage unit for cheap that is in slightly better shape. Or should I look for a new repro (if they exist). How hard are they to clean up good w/ some slight pitting? And can the black paint behind the clear plastic cover be easily refinished? I've not tried to take mine apart yet.

I also need to attempt to restore the aluminum face trim pieces, but found some instructions that look promising here on the forum.

The rest of the dash is turning out really nice and these 2 or 3 things are making it look bad!

Thanks!












Edited by df0rster on 12-04-18 07:51 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 

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raycow 
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12-05-18 10:36 AM - Post#2753484    
    In response to df0rster

The steering wheel restore kits seem to be getting mixed reviews. Here is one the builder said NOT to use.
https://lugnutz65chevyste pside.weebly.com/steering...

I would like to get an answer on this too.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
df0rster 
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12-05-18 12:26 PM - Post#2753495    
    In response to raycow

Nice article, but he didn't show the finished steering wheel. I was curious to see how it turned out.

But after reading over that, the $250 is not sounding too bad for a repro.



 
BigDogSS 
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12-05-18 12:54 PM - Post#2753498    
    In response to df0rster

A couple of things here:
1) The reproduction steering wheel --> I don't think it is like your stock one. I have not seen a true reproduction steering wheel for 1967 Impalas. The one they CLAIM are 1967 Impala wheels are really Camaro or Chevelle steering wheels. Post a link to the reproduction wheel you have in mind.
2) Restoring your stock steering wheel: The little ribs on the wheel may be problematic. There may be some one out there who can restore one correctly.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



Edited by BigDogSS on 12-05-18 12:55 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
df0rster 
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12-06-18 08:56 AM - Post#2753623    
    In response to BigDogSS

Yeah, I am 90% sure it is not exact. And it does say it was used in some camaros. it does look similar to mine though. But my car will not be 100% original anyway. Especially since I don't even know some of the details needed to make it all original. So long as it appears mostly stock (other than the fact that it is already painted red LOL!)

Mine is not in bad shape other than the pretty wide cracks that are common on these. I may try to epoxy the cracks and see how it turns out. JB-weld may work just as good as anything. Then I need to find a paint that will hold up on the plastic.


Any comments on how difficult the AC/heater controls are to remove and restore?

Thanks!


https://www.classicindustries.com/product/9746436....




Edited by df0rster on 12-06-18 08:56 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
BigDogSS 
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12-06-18 10:33 AM - Post#2753630    
    In response to df0rster

Yes, that is a Camaro steering wheel.
For a little more money, here is the optional RPO N34 steering wheel and mounting kit:
https://www.classicindustries.com/product/1967/che...

Or a ComfortGrip wheel from a 1969 Impala:
https://www.classicindustries.com/product/1969/che...
I used this wheel for about 10 years before going with the N34 wheel.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



Edited by BigDogSS on 12-06-18 12:58 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
toro455 
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12-06-18 01:10 PM - Post#2753645    
    In response to BigDogSS

It would be nice to keep your original steering wheel. Imagine that someone can restore it in the future but you need a core for some of the parts and it's long gone.

I think I would consider fixing it as well as you can and doing a high quality leather wrap. I've used something over the small diameter cross section wheels to add to the diameter and wrapped over the addition because I liked the feel of a larger cross section. I actually used heater hose under the wrap in one case (mid 80's cars and the wrapped wheels were sometimes larger cross-section anyway). I became better at sewing them on to the point the stitching on the leather cover looked like it could have been factory... obviously not for our Impalas I guess (I haven't done it in a long time though now so I would need to practice again). My opinion is though it's not something the factory did it is subtly different but still retains the factory wheel. To me it feels a little more comfortable, and it hides the cracks.

Scott



 
df0rster 
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12-07-18 06:31 AM - Post#2753719    
    In response to BigDogSS

so what is the N34 package? I'm assuming it included a wood grain steering wheel. I'm sure it would look nice and new, but I don't much care for wood grain in cars. I almost like the looks of the Camaro wheel better as it looks more original for my car. But that's really hard to tell with those bad pictures on their site.

Thanks!



 
59fins 
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12-07-18 09:37 AM - Post#2753734    
    In response to df0rster

Not sure what is wrong with your instrument panel a/c controls, usually corrosion! and the knobs on the levers is corrosion, (rust) and the same with the switch, or is just does not work, the "chrome" edge around unit, the outside will usually clean up with 000 steel wool once plastic insert is removed, the knobs need to come off first (they pull off) they may cleanup as well as the switch arm if it works for blower.

First time I seen one of these plastic inserts, I bought it (2 actually) cause I thought it may be one of these things that had a one time run and you never see it again, remember the a/c has the blower switch to the left side, non a/c does not.

To take a unit apart is not that hard, depends on your comfort level and mechanical knowledge, just time consuming (be patient), take pics as you go, I believe, radio & instrument cluster taken out out first makes it easier to understand and probably necessary.

The unit is a pot metal, if it is cracked or levers broken, just fins a used one, they show up all the time, it is a 1 year only, and again 1 with a/c one with out...

Below (links) was done by a simple google search something like " 1967 Impala a/c control knob " "1967 Impala a/c control unit" or something similar, eBay usually has what your looking for, some of our sponsors do as well.



As a side note, 67 had comfortron a/c, has nothing to do with this post as of yet, and from what I have gathered, you would not want to switch to it, it is not just the head unit, it's a headache !

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-1967-Chevy-Ca price-Im...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-3857992-HVC-H eater-Bl...

https://hhclassic.com/i-13698954-heater-kno bs-chro...


These can be handy up front, hold control wires onto levers, and correct size, and the cables connected to a/c unit are specific so make sure to note which one goes to what ever lever!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/60s-70s-Buick-Old s-Pontia...

I agree, the 67 steering wheel has alot of detail ribs in the wheel that can be duplicated if you are a detailed originated person and patient, and know a little bit about body work, I have fixed a few different steering wheels in my day with epoxy and filler with primer, but have not done one with the lines scribbled in the 67 wheel, I would attempt it if I wanted one, but went with the aftermarket wood wheel as I like the look better, not real happy with how the horn works, but it rarely gets used, I am sure there is a trick to that, but have not seen it brought up here before, or anyplace else so it's probably something I am not doing right , also the horn kit was purchased a long time ago, and probably a better one out now, just have not looked into it too many irons in the fire.

my 2 cents





Bill H.
67 Impala SS




 
BigDogSS 
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12-07-18 11:26 AM - Post#2753749    
    In response to 59fins

  • 59fins Said:
....not real happy with how the horn works, but it rarely gets used, I am sure there is a trick to that, but have not seen it brought up here before, or anyplace else so it's probably something I am not doing right...



Bill, I just put the factory adapter and wood wheel on my car. The horn would work/not work, stick, etc. I took it apart and lubed everything with white lithium grease under the horn button --> it now works like a dream!

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
59fins 
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12-07-18 11:37 AM - Post#2753751    
    In response to BigDogSS

Thanks,
It has been a very long time since I used the horn, if I remember, if I hit the horn it would either stay on or the cap would fall off

Sometime in the future I will take it apart again


Bill H.
67 Impala SS




 
df0rster 
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12-12-18 06:42 AM - Post#2754231    
    In response to 59fins

Thanks for the info. Lots of good stuff here!

There's not really anything wrong with the controls, it just corroded and dirty so I thought it might be easier to remove and clean/polish. But it sounds like it might be better to try to work on it in place.





 

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