Steering Wheel And Shifter Knob

Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:40 pm

What is the steering wheel and shifter knob made out of :?: :?:

The reason I ask is; I plan on refinishing the knob and steering wheel and am wondreing what product/products would be compatable 8)

Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:51 pm

Ive got 2-new shifter knobs and they are rubber. Not sure about the wheel but its probably a hard rubber?. You can get new shift knobs for 5-bucks.

Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:51 pm


One method of refinishing is to remove the oxidized outer surface. That brings them back to original which is uncoated hard rubber. Wet sanding is effective on the steering wheel. Replacement is effective for the shifter knob. I recently bought a few knobs from Joe Rice (Joe's Farmalls) for $4 each.

Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:10 pm

Thanks fellas that would explain it. When I chucked the knob in a 1/2 drill motor and wet sanded it my hands truned as black as night. The knob sure cleaned up nice but it still has a few cracks. I was looking for something to fill the cracks but it sounds like it would be cheaper/easier just to replace the knob :( 8)


Mon Sep 20, 2004 6:08 am

Prob'ly good ol' JB Weld would fill the cracks... Might be a little more grey than the original black.

Mon Sep 20, 2004 7:06 am

PC7 epoxy can be used to fill cracks and chips in the steering wheel. I cures to a substance similar to the original material. There are steering wheel repair kits on the market that contain the PC&, mixing sticks, mixing containers, etc., but it is cheaper to just buy the PC7 from a good hardware store than to buy the kit. It's easy. follow directions on the cans for mixing, file or grind out the cracks, degrease the wheel, fill, sand , and paint.

Mon Sep 20, 2004 7:20 am

:D Donny, I cheated on the steering wheel. After I painted the spoked center I just put a black string wrapped wheel cover on it. :P

Mon Sep 20, 2004 7:44 am

It does not look exactly original, but I used Plastikote (tool handle coating) on both of mine.