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Old 08-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Wooden Steering Wheel Build 2012 Mustang

I never really liked the injection molded plastic steering wheel that came with my Mustang. So, I got the brilliant idea of fabricating a new one from scratch. This is what I ended up with and it ONLY took 130 hours.

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OP-Not too shabby! That's pretty good! It's always great to see what members are doing with their rides here!

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I would say that is more than worth the hours! That looks great

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Dude, that looks so rad!
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My wheel got all fleshy around the 10 o'clock position. I swapped it out with a Nardi wood grain wheel with a NRG quick release. I lost my air bag and cruise control buttons but I hardly used it anyway.
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What a cool personal touch! Since you're so good with wood working, maybe you can think of other plastic interior trim to remake in wood to match that steering wheel.

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This is completely badass.
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Not exactly my style, but I agree that's some damn fine work. If you can do it to other interior pieces somehow, that'd help the flow.

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give it a closeup shot plz...well done
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Nice!

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The shifter knob should be made to match! That looks way cool


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The shifter knob should be made to match! That looks way cool
^^ This!

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This is one of the coolest things that I have seen anybody do on this site.

Beautiful job!
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Wow!! That's a be-yut!
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Looks good but how does it feel when driving? since its more of a squared off shape.
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Thanks guys!

I modeled my interior after a 1967 GT Mustang and the only thing made of wood (or fake plastic wood) in that car was the steering wheel so, I don't think I'll be making any more wooden trim. I DID install a unique leather interior with 1967 Mustang seat buttons, a custom aluminum cup holder delete panel, "billiard ball" style shift knob, and paint my dash silver to complete the look.

The steering wheel feels great! It has finger grooves on the back for comfort and unlike the squishy stock steering wheel, it transmits a very "direct" steering feel to the driver. Its almost like gripping a baseball bat.

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primer2tone, I looked into Nardi steering wheels but ultimately decided to make my own in order to retain the airbag. It would have looked great (as I'm sure it does in your car) but this is my daily driver. And ya'know safety first and all....
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I like the red piping, was that hard to do or did you have an upholstery shop install it?

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I hate to have the Sour Grapes but have you talked with your car insurance agent yet? If involved in an accident, could you be sued and worse arrested and charged, should you get involved in an accident that could be caused by a non-approved steering wheel?
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I hate to have the Sour Grapes but have you talked with your car insurance agent yet? If involved in an accident, could you be sued and worse arrested and charged, should you get involved in an accident that could be caused by a non-approved steering wheel?
Lol what? There's no regulations (that I'm aware of) about a steering wheel.. As far as the airbag, he still retains that there.

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Wow this looks great. Great idea!!
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Nicely done, sir!


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Beautiful work. Love to see one of a kind custom jobs on peoples rides

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I hate to have the Sour Grapes but have you talked with your car insurance agent yet? If involved in an accident, could you be sued and worse arrested and charged, should you get involved in an accident that could be caused by a non-approved steering wheel?
Don't worry man, almost every thread you seem to be the go-to guy for them sour grapes, haha.
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Damn, you've got some real talent! Very well done indeed. I agree to make some other interior pieces too.

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Don't worry man, almost every thread you seem to be the go-to guy for them sour grapes, haha.
That's because I OWN all of my Stuff. I don't like the idea of someone suing me and taking any of it. Some day when you OWN your stuff, you might feel different.
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One of the reasons I made my own wheel instead of installing an aftermarket wooden wheel was so I could keep the airbag in the factory location using the OEM hardware and wiring to comply with New York State law which states its illegal to permanently remove factory installed safety equipment like airbags and seat belts.

My wheel is constructed of 1/4 inch aircraft grade aluminum so, I'm not concerned with it falling apart, in fact I'm pretty sure its stronger than the stock unit. They only possible safety hazard is splinters. Which, if you were able to ask racing drivers from the 50's, they would tell you are no fun at all in a crash.
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That's because I OWN all of my Stuff. I don't like the idea of someone suing me and taking any of it. Some day when you OWN your stuff, you might feel different.
Just get a one million dollar "Umbrella" insurance policy and stop worrying about the minutia in your life Mtang...
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I worked at my Dad's auto upholstery shop back in high school and used those skills to do most of the interior work on my Mustang myself. I would not recommend taking the seat cover off and removing stitches in order to put in decorative piping unless you're very confident with a sewing machine. If you are, go for it!
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One of the reasons I made my own wheel instead of installing an aftermarket wooden wheel was so I could keep the airbag in the factory location using the OEM hardware and wiring to comply with New York State law which states its illegal to permanently remove factory installed safety equipment like airbags and seat belts.

My wheel is constructed of 1/4 inch aircraft grade aluminum so, I'm not concerned with it falling apart, in fact I'm pretty sure its stronger than the stock unit. They only possible safety hazard is splinters. Which, if you were able to ask racing drivers from the 50's, they would tell you are no fun at all in a crash.
Splinters...
That was the first thing that came to my mind when I first saw this thread.

The risk is minimal.

Again, beautiful job!
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We all love to mod our cars, but the vast majority of us simply buy off-the-shelf aftermarket components. That's great and all (and all I have done so far) but what I love about this project is that it is TRULY custom. Homemade, exactly the way you dreamed it up to be with your creative imagination. Same goes for the red piping. I like how it's modeled after the original too, that's like a nice "Easter egg" touch for mustang enthusiasts.

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I worked at my Dad's auto upholstery shop back in high school and used those skills to do most of the interior work on my Mustang myself. I would not recommend taking the seat cover off and removing stitches in order to put in decorative piping unless you're very confident with a sewing machine. If you are, go for it!
No, I know nothing about sewing. I'd take it to an upholstery shop for sure. But I have the base cloth seats for now so I wouldn't bother with those. When I get my Corbeaus, then maybe.

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Great craftsmanship!

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We all love to mod our cars, but the vast majority of us simply buy off-the-shelf aftermarket components. That's great and all (and all I have done so far) but what I love about this project is that it is TRULY custom. Homemade, exactly the way you dreamed it up to be with your creative imagination. Same goes for the red piping. I like how it's modeled after the original too, that's like a nice "Easter egg" touch for mustang enthusiasts.

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