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Stock Tiger Steering Wheel

Discussion in 'Sunbeam Tiger' started by twautomotive, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. twautomotive

    twautomotive Bronze Level Sponsor

    What is the typical price range for an unrestored stock Tiger steering wheel? I recently got one with a bunch of Sunbeam parts.
    Thanks.
    tom
     
  2. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    Tom,
    Any wooden grip pieces missing?
    Jan
     
  3. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Really depends on condition. A good pic would help to determine.
    I've seen decent condition wheels with all the wood intact ,needing refinishing,
    going in the $2-300 range ( again depends on condition) and nice refinished
    wheels going for about $1000 and up. I know it's kinda vague but without seeing
    it 's hard to determine.
    Cheers!
    Steve
     
  4. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Platinum Level Sponsor

    What shape is the plastic steering wheel hub in? Pictures of it and the wood wheel would help set a price.
     
  5. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    Speaking of these GT wheels, I'm finishing up two of them. And I made up a miter box to cut the wooden grips at the proper scarf joint angles. One wheel was missing some wooden grips and so I had to cut up some spares and glue them. I also had the black inlay replaced at my friend's wood working shop. He has a CNC router and programed it to EXACTLY cut out the inlay groove and I replaced with new inlay!
    Jan
     
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  6. twautomotive

    twautomotive Bronze Level Sponsor

    Thank you for all your replies. I have attached some photos. I'd like to try to restore it. I have a few questions. How should I repair the cracks in the wood? Epoxy, wood putty, wood filler or ??? What is the the inlay made of? Wood (type?), plastic or ??? Epoxy, PC – 7 or ??? on the hub? Tom
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  7. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    Well, I'm not going to make a tutorial on how to do it, but all the wood must be removed and cleaned up. Most likely the round bar that is the ring is all rusted. Then you fit the wood to see if it all fits back again. Don't use any wood filler! Use "clear epoxy" to glue the wood back on. I used C-clamps every 3" around the ring.
    It looks like the plastic hub is beyond repair. If you have other steering wheels with better hubs I would use one of those.
    Jan
     
  8. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    The inlay is black plastic, so it will be damaged with paint remover & lacquer thinner.
    Jan
     
  9. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Eric sells a replacement hub that wo t discolour or crack.... Highly recommended
     
  10. twautomotive

    twautomotive Bronze Level Sponsor

  11. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Bronze Level Sponsor

    I use T-88 clear epoxy with 1 hour working time..Don't use 5-min epoxy. The inlay is 0.140" wide.
    Some GT wheels have three layers of black inlay, then some just have a single layer. I spray automotive urethane clearcoat for the finish. Then sand and apply more clearcoat.....I use automotive clear because it dries fast, its catalyzed, and be applied heavily (many mils of thickness).
    Jan
     
  12. Scotty

    Scotty Platinum Level Sponsor

    I've always wondered, are the Tiger 'wood' steering wheels more durable than the stock Alpine ones?
     
  13. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Firstly... The Tiger wood wheel is actually the Alpine GT wheel ( first used on series 3GT)

    The hubs are exactly the same between both.
    The timber rims will delaminate and split ( especially if the inner metal ring rusts )

    The bakerlite ones probably lasted better in some environments... But are now harder to repair.
     
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  14. Scotty

    Scotty Platinum Level Sponsor

    I didn't know that o_O. So All the GT's had wood dash and wood Steering Wheels? That's cool! Learn something new everyday.

    I'm taking it that the GT's didn't have lids either for the soft tops or were theirs just a little different? I've always loved the occasional seat pads that I've seen on some, it gives the deck a better look imo.
     
  15. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Yes... When s3 came out a GT was a GT as it had the luxury interior..full carpet, pleated door panels, door top rolls, wooden dash and wheel, interior courtesy light, thicker 1/4 window bases to match the rolls, under bonnet insulation, cast exhaust manifold, large intake filter and a rear seat area with no allowance for soft top, just a body coloured hard top.

    The later SVGT had a wood venere bakerlite dash as opposed to the plywood laminated dash amd they used the same spec motor as the ST and didnt have the underhood insulation.
     

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