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    I have a '72 TR6. I am wondering what the original steering wheel looked like from the factory. Mine has always been just bare "polished" steel. That has never worked very well (or looked very good) for me in the past as I can clean it, polish it and even tried waxing, coating etc. to no avail; six months later it is starting to show signs of rusting / discoloration again. It is a tedious job and I'm tired of doing it.

    I am seriously considering ending this cycle for good by just cleaning the heck out of the wheel, taping off the grip area and giving it a light coat of primer and then just spraying the wheel satin black.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

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    This is the original steering wheel from my March 1972 build Six.
    I touched up some chips with Satin Black a few years ago, looks okay still.
    Spokes were black on the '72's.
    Walt
    CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition.
    poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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    • #3
      Walt:

      I had a feeling that was the case; thank you so much!

      My PO must have stripped off the original paint at some point in an attempt to make it look like aluminum or something. I think it will look so much better satin black and, no rusting!

      Thanks again.

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        Yeah, it bubbles up after a while. I tried stripping, sanding, sealing, waxing the steel. Almost got to repainting and then I went with a 15" Leather Mountney bought in the U.K. I still have the original for going back to stock but this is a lot easier to turn and for getting in and out.



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        Last edited by lfmTR4; 08-17-2018, 12:24 PM.
        72 Pimento w/overdrive

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        • #5
          The original wheel on mine (its in a box somewhere around here) was painted with some silver(ish) paint, almost like the color of the stock wheels.

          Mine is a 73 though.
          73 TR6
          Libertyville, IL
          My TR6

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          • #6
            Originally posted by phil73 View Post
            The original wheel on mine (its in a box somewhere around here) was painted with some silver(ish) paint, almost like the color of the stock wheels.

            Mine is a 73 though.
            Same here for my 73. The spokes silver, but I always thought it was bare metal with a coating, as over time the coating wore off and the metal oxidized and rusted.
            At one time TRF sold really really good repros and i replaced my original with one:
            CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
            2nd owner, since 1975
            Soon to be in Fair Oaks, CA

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              Yea, I would love to get one of those nice aluminum/ leather wheels someday; I need to save my pennies. They are pricey when you add in the hub!

              Love that wrinkle finish dash Baws!
              Last edited by TRmoment; 08-17-2018, 11:05 PM.

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