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Advice ......steering wheel refurb

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by mgmidget, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. mgmidget

    mgmidget New Forum User

    i've got a 240z steering wheel to replace the standard 260 wheel,are they wood or plastic made to look like wood ?

    Has anyone used a company to get it refurbished to as new standard,i don't wish to try as jobs like that never quite end up right if i do them!

    The other bit of advice can someone please tell me how i get the original "red" coloured gear knob off it just twists round and i can't see any grub screws holding it to the shaft.
  2. samuri-240

    samuri-240 New Forum User

    240Z steering wheel is plastic, I never knew that when I restored the one on my first 240, just sanded it down give it a couple of coats of yacht varnish came up a treat. The gear knob the threaded part has probably come away so just pull it off & go from there.
  3. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Not true.

    The '240Z' ( actually, Fairlady Z, Fairlady Z-L, Fairlady 240Z, Fairlady 240Z-L, Fairlady 240ZG, Fairlady Z432 & Fairlady Z432-R steering wheel as well as all the different market models that the '240Z' name was stuck onto ) steering wheels were made by a Japanese company called 'Izumi', in the late Sixties utilising a new process that combined REAL WOOD with a resin, which was forced into a mould under extremely high pressure. The design team behind the S30-series Z, and in particular its Chief Designer Mr Yoshihiko Matsuo, pioneered this process with Izumi, only to find that it would become the victim of ever-tightening safety legislation.

    They are wood - so careful sanding ( with a fine grit of wet & dry ) then restaining with a Rosewood tint, and a polyurethane varnish without too much gloss should do the trick.
  4. Paul_S

    Z Club Member

    Thanks for the tip :thumbs:

    It took me a long while to find this thread so I've bookmarked it now! :blush:
  5. SeanDezart

    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    Alan - was the same production process applied to other Datsun (particularly export) models please ?
  6. Woody928

    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    I'm never ceased to be amazed by the knowledge your have of this marque :bow:

    Really interesting to read thank you.
  7. Paul_S

    Z Club Member

    I have another question about refurbing the steering wheel - I think I'm right in saying the metal spokes should be black, but what finish should they be? Matt, satin, or gloss? Also, should it be a smooth finish or textured in some way?

    I'm tempted to go satin & smooth unless I'm advised differently.

    Thanks :)
  8. SeanDezart

    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    I think that you should do what you want to do unless driven to replicate the exact factory look.
    Paul_S likes this.

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