Author Topic: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70  (Read 1402 times)

Offline rms70

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Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« on: April 30, 2020, 02:33:55 PM »
Stumbled upon this on eBay. Seller had 5 for sale and 3 were gone.  It came yesterday and it looks real good: tamo wood grained,edged with silver and slightly domed plastic covering (hope this can be seen in the photos). Seller is a '70 Eldorado  owner who handmakes them and is working on other '70's model inlays. It'll take me a while to install since I need to clean out the groove of what remains of my cracked up and yellowed current inlay but I held it.up against the wheel and I'm quite satisfied. Could mean the end for those flawless interiors with the ugly leather wrapped steering wheel.     



                                                                                               Rob

Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2020, 03:35:21 PM »
Here is my '74 wheel that I did with that sellers insert. I had to modify it slightly to get it to sit flush but I'm satisfied with the results.


Offline Alan Harris CLC#1513

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2020, 11:07:11 PM »
I owned a couple of those cars many years ago. Those wheels were falling apart when those cars were just a few years old.

I am truly impressed! Was it very expensive?

Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2020, 08:46:04 AM »
I owned a couple of those cars many years ago. Those wheels were falling apart when those cars were just a few years old.

I am truly impressed! Was it very expensive?
A bit pricey but an almost order of magnitude less than sending your wheel of to be restored. IMO a great option for a DIYer.

Offline wrench

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2020, 09:51:03 AM »
I installed this on my ‘70 Eldorado. I am 100% satisfied with it and think the price is very reasonable especially when compared to a wheel overhaul or to an eBay seller who wants $2500 for a crappy wheel.

I was able to remove the old inlay and install this one in about an hour and a half.

The most difficult part of the process was removing the old inlay. While some pieces literally fell off, some of the pieces were tenacious.

Once they were all out, I used alcohol and q-tips to clean the recess prior to installation. Then I blew it out with one of those cans of keyboard duster.

I have driven the car several times since the install and no issues with adhesion.

The one caution is that the joint at 6 o’clock is a challenge as the inlay has a small amount of excess that needs to be trimmed square to form the butt joint. This is intentional by the seller as it’s one of those ‘you can always cut, but you can never add’ or ‘measure twice, cut once’ deals.

I tried a razor but the material is tough and while the razor gave a good score mark, I had to cut it with a snip. A very delicate operation to get the butt joint right.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2020, 09:56:12 AM by wrench »
1951 Series 62 Sedan
1969 Eldorado
1970 Eldorado (Triple Black w/power roof)
1958 Apache 3/4 ton 4x4
2005 F250
2014 FLHP
2014 SRX

Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2020, 11:17:41 AM »
I installed this on my ‘70 Eldorado. I am 100% satisfied with it and think the price is very reasonable especially when compared to a wheel overhaul or to an eBay seller who wants $2500 for a crappy wheel.

I was able to remove the old inlay and install this one in about an hour and a half.

The most difficult part of the process was removing the old inlay. While some pieces literally fell off, some of the pieces were tenacious.

Once they were all out, I used alcohol and q-tips to clean the recess prior to installation. Then I blew it out with one of those cans of keyboard duster.

I have driven the car several times since the install and no issues with adhesion.

The one caution is that the joint at 6 o’clock is a challenge as the inlay has a small amount of excess that needs to be trimmed square to form the butt joint. This is intentional by the seller as it’s one of those ‘you can always cut, but you can never add’ or ‘measure twice, cut once’ deals.

I tried a razor but the material is tough and while the razor gave a good score mark, I had to cut it with a snip. A very delicate operation to get the butt joint right.
I had the wheel off of my car when I was installing it so I was able to use a belt sander to get the ends perfect.

Offline klinebau

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2020, 11:28:10 AM »
Does this inlay only work for Eldos?  I want to refurbish the steering wheel on my '70 Deville.
1970 Cadillac Deville Convertible
Detroit, MI

Offline Dan LeBlanc

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 12:29:27 PM »
I'm 99% certain the Eldorado and deVille use the same steering wheel.
Dan LeBlanc
1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car

Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 01:05:46 PM »
I'm 100%...
1968 Eldorado slick top ,white/red interior
2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.

Offline wrench

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2020, 01:29:46 PM »
Does that make it 199%?
1951 Series 62 Sedan
1969 Eldorado
1970 Eldorado (Triple Black w/power roof)
1958 Apache 3/4 ton 4x4
2005 F250
2014 FLHP
2014 SRX

Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 01:54:50 PM »
Does that make it 199%?
99 44/100%

Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 06:40:48 PM »
So... what's the complete contact info for the "seller" ??? And what's the cost?
 
1968 Eldorado slick top ,white/red interior
2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.

Offline Cadillac Fleetwood

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 07:04:52 PM »
99 44/100%

I'll raise that to 100% ;)

Charles Fares
Forty-Five Years of Continuous Cadillac Ownership
1970 Fleetwood Brougham
1969 DeVille Convertible
1989 Fleetwood

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Offline Anderson

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2020, 09:21:02 AM »
If you come across more, please let us know...I've got a chunk out of mine (the car came that way) and it's cracked all throughout.

Offline Cape Cod Fleetwood

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2020, 01:41:04 PM »
The seller is on the Facebook pages "1965-1970 Cadillac Collective" and "Cadillac Cars and Parts For Sale".
I reached out to him for a sample, and it looks like it will work. Around $350 as I remember but
taking your time installing is required. Go to those pages and search for 'steering wheel inlay'.
There are 2 kinds of cars in the world, Cadillac and everything else....

The Present -1970 Fleetwood Brougham

The Past -
1996 Deville Concours
1987 Sedan De Ville "Commonwealth Edition"
1981 Coupe De Ville (8-6-4)
1976 Sedan De Ville
1975 Sedan De Ville

The Daily Driver and work slave -
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Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2020, 03:04:58 PM »
The seller is John Brankin and he can be reached at bdamc@comcast.net . I spoke with him today and he will probably pop in here shortly to answer questions.

Offline Matti R

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2020, 06:19:30 AM »
I'm 99% certain the Eldorado and deVille use the same steering wheel.
Hi
Do you know if that applies to 71 as well? I bought one from DeVille to replace bad one in Eldorado, and the shapes in the back of the ring are kind of sharper in Eldorado. That is where you keep your fingers during driving.  Eldo wheel feels thinner, but the outer diameter is the same.
Best regards,
Matti
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67 DeVille convertible Sudan beige
79 Seville
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66 Calais Coupe

Offline JBrankin

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2020, 03:20:27 PM »
Hello everyone, I make the wheel inlays. Most on this page already know me but to those who don't.

 I've got the 69-70 Tamo, and the 76-78 Walnut inlays. I'm working on the 71 Light Tamo right now (Matti, did you get that sample?!)

I have a few other things going too.
One is the chrome outline on the 69-70 instrument panels. Mine, as most was well worn and bad looking. I created a pre cut sheet which when carefully installed gives factory new results. Initially it's quite a difference looking at your dash, mine looks fantastic now. It takes some definite skill and patience to install though.

I can make any design from factory to custom. If you have any questions let me know.


Offline JBrankin

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2020, 03:25:51 PM »
I forgot to mention I've dramatically streamlined the installation process. And I'll shortly have a quick install video.

Offline MaR

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Re: Steering wheel inlays for '69 -'70
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2020, 04:03:12 PM »
Hello everyone, I make the wheel inlays. Most on this page already know me but to those who don't.

 I've got the 69-70 Tamo, and the 76-78 Walnut inlays. I'm working on the 71 Light Tamo right now (Matti, did you get that sample?!)

I have a few other things going too.
One is the chrome outline on the 69-70 instrument panels. Mine, as most was well worn and bad looking. I created a pre cut sheet which when carefully installed gives factory new results. Initially it's quite a difference looking at your dash, mine looks fantastic now. It takes some definite skill and patience to install though.

I can make any design from factory to custom. If you have any questions let me know.

I have a chrome paint pen that is used for model making that I used on the chrome trim on my '74 with great results.

 

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