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The Nardi Steering Wheel Project

This type of steering wheel was used on many European sports cars from the mid '60s. They don't make them quite like this any more; very thin, elegant. New ones are thick, inelegant.

This particular wheel, a swap meet find in Florida by a Porsche 356 owner, was near death. The back was gone. The front was broken and missing a small section, but the black inlay was all there.

Here the glue has been cleaned off the back, and the remains of the front epoxied. New mahogany is being glued up in small strips around a form.


With the strips glued up to dimension, the sander leveled all.


With both sides flat, the new ring is epoxied to the wheel.


The notches were formed free hand.


Drive it right to California, no problem.


Posted by ronpaci at June 12, 2005 4:33 PM