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7/20/10 4:54am - Original Message: 'Sticky Steering Wheel'
thallow
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Brownstown, IN - USA

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1969 Red Convertible

Joined: 10/3/2007
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The steering wheel on my 69 keeps getting sticky. I understand that this is the resin on the inside that is breaking down and oozing out. Is there a cure? What about a replacement wheel. I want to keep it as stock looking as possible but I can remember seeing 69 c3's with wood wheels. Was this a factory option or a aftermarket? The ones that I remember had the same spoke and a thin wood grip with some small rivets in it.
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7/20/10 1:59pm - Reply: 'Sticky Steering Wheel'
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Oklahoma City, OK - USA

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1972 LS5 Convertible,Auto.Targa Blue with Black Interior.

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I had the same problem with my 72. I tried everything but could never solve the problem. I had a cheap steering wheel cover on it for a while but didn't like it. It was to cheap looking. Then I found a company called " Wheelskins" they make a great leather cover that you have to stitch on. You order the exact size and they ship it with the lacing and the needle and everything. You just put it on and start stitching it on. Took me about an hour. It looks and feels great. In my opinion this is the best thing you can do if you want to keep your original steering wheel.

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7/20/10 4:32pm - Reply: 'Sticky Steering Wheel'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. 1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior

Joined: 1/28/2010
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Had the same problem with my 74. Experimented a little and took it off with weatherstrip adhesive remover and so far after almost a year the gunk has not returned.

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7/20/10 4:40pm - Reply: 'Sticky Steering Wheel'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I solved that problem with driving gloves....
I've never found anything that would actually clean the crap off. Never thought about the adhesive remover...I might have to give that a shot! Thanks for that tip, Dan!

There were never any wood type wheels on the '68-'82 Corvettes...some of the Mid-Year cars had them as optional equipment, but not the Sharks.


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7/20/10 4:50pm - Reply: 'Sticky Steering Wheel'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. 1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior

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I actually had the same problem with several pieces of the vinyl interior, t-top headliner, quarter panels, etc. and worked equally well on them too.

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