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Question Rim-blow Steerin Wheel Resto Parts

I am in the middle of restoring the rim-blow steering wheel on my 69 Mach1. I have finished repairing the damaged parts of the wheel itself, except I can't find the metal/chrome ring that goes around the outer edge between the two halves of the wheel.

Any suggestions for what to use here? I was considering trying to cut a strip of aluminum down to the correct size and glueing in place.
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I recall seeing a video some time ago (Jeff Ford?) where some sort of foil was installed in the groove and then clear epoxy was applied and sanded smooth. Seems like a lot of work.

I suggest looking at a couple of wraps of chrome pin stripe tape of the correct width (1/8"?) inserted into the groove and then clear coat the whole wheel with several coats before the rim blow switch is installed .

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I recall seeing a video some time ago (Jeff Ford?) where some sort of foil was installed in the groove and then clear epoxy was applied and sanded smooth. Seems like a lot of work.

I suggest looking at a couple of wraps of chrome pin stripe tape of the correct width (1/8"?) inserted into the groove and then clear coat the whole wheel with several coats before the rim blow switch is installed .
This is the process I just did with my Rim Blow. Clean out the groove, lay down a strip of chrome tape (I'll have to measure the exact width), then use clear quick-dry 2 part epoxy to fill it in. I put down a strip of painters tape on either side of the groove so when I sanded down the clear epoxy I would not cut into the wheel. When I hit the tape, I stopped with the rough sanding and moved on till it was level all around. Then removed the painter's tape and more carefully sanded the clear epoxy down smooth with the rest of the wheel. I'll admit it's not perfect, but from outside the car, it's going to look great.

I think it was a Jeff Ford video I watched as well that showed how to do it.

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Not quite finished, but here is mine.

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That looks great! Where did you find the chrome tape - auto parts stores?

Thanks for the help.
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That looks great! Where did you find the chrome tape - auto parts stores?

Thanks for the help.
I think it was a paint and body store, a very long time ago. I think the video suggested using aluminum A/C tape, that really shiny version and trimming it down. The stuff I used is very thin and when looked at closely it shows all the imperfections in the steering wheel groove and the flaws in my clear epoxy.

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Thanks - I'll visit a local auto body supply shop and see what they have.

I made a 1/8" x 1/16" strip of aluminum by cutting a 4 ft long 1/16" aluminum flat bar. Took a great deal of effort to cut if 'fat' and then file it down to 1/8" wide. It looks great, fits in the channel really well, but needs to be 4ft and almost 1" long to make the entire circumference of the wheel. :doh: Should have measured first, I just assumed 4 ft was long enough.

I haven't found a longer run of 1/16" aluminum, so your method is the way I'm going to go I think. Thanks again!
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Another though is a place that make vinyl letters as there is a chrome vinyl and they can cut you a strip the size you need...
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