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  '71 Rim-Blow steering wheel goofiness...

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cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 02-22-2006 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Has anyone else here ever had this problem with thier 70-71 rim-blow wheel?:
The three little black pieces of trim that sit in the silver 'cups' on each of the spokes seem to want to change thier shape over the years! About every 5 years or so the ends of the plastic pieces start to kinda' stick up...bending into a very slight 'V'-shape at the point that the attaching boss is molded on the backside.
I have been extremely careful not catch a finger or something on them as I'm driving so they won't snap and break.
When I am looking for something to 'fix' and I can't find something, this kind of thing gets my attention. I take the pieces and slowly heat them up with a cigarette lighter from underneath and when the plastic is nice and pliable, I press them against the table to get them nice and flat again. Seems to last for about 5 years or so.
Anybody else see this happening?

My motto? "If it ain't broke...fix it 'till it is!"

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 02-23-2006 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
I looked at the only one of these wheels I have, and the two of those pieces still remaining don't exhibit any of the weird behavior you are seeing ... but I'll keep my eyes open!
Heh, you know you're posting in the wrong forum now

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 02-23-2006 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
... and now you're not

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 02-23-2006 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Yes, I've seen that. Heat warping, I suppose.

I once had a wheel that was missing one of those and when I saw what they went for I made one from some plastic I had and it was so exact you couldn't tell which one it was when I was done.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

buening
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From: Decatur, IL
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 02-23-2006 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for buening        Reply w/Quote
These are being reproduced now, along with the aluminum inserts that these go in.

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1970 Grabber Blue Mach 1 H-code
1970 Fastback
2003 Torch Red Mustang

cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
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posted 02-23-2006 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I saw the repro ones, but they are a little pricey, for sure!

cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
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posted 02-25-2006 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
I also put a new center emblem in the wheel pad, and I gotta' tell ya...that was nerve-racking!
Prying the old one out and trying to slip the new one in without damaging my perfect, mint-condition cover was an exercise in frustration. To get the new one in easier, I even lubed it up with a bunch of dish-soap. Even so, it was difficult to get in there.
But I did it! Whew!

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