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compounder posted 04-02-2001 07:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for compounder   Send Email to compounder  
It's been one of those days around here today........I should have pursued non-Whaler projects.

In trying to remove the circular teak trim piece in the center of my SS steering wheel I managed to break it into four pieces.

Is this item available as a replacement through Whaler or is there a suitable substitute?

Also, even though it was removed and lubed two years ago, the wheel is solidly corroded onto the shaft. I soaked it with PB Blaster for most of the day, but even with a heavy-duty wheel puller it has resisted all efforts to remove it. I applied pressure to the point of the edges of the wheel starting to distort then decided I should call it a day.

Any suggestions?


Chesapeake posted 04-02-2001 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Joe: West Marine sells a teak insert, if yours is what I think it is. I think that I saw it in the retail store for just a couple of bucks. If you can't find it, let me know. I have some teak laying around and I can probably make one for you with a drum sander and a router. Incidentally, Whaler now has a black vinyl insert with a whaler logo in silver embossed.

jameso posted 04-03-2001 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Compounder-did you remove the Jesus clip on the end of the steering shaft??? Just asking.
compounder posted 04-09-2001 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Stopped by West Marine to check out the teak inserts. The one they carry is made to fit the SS wheel they is much smaller in diameter.

After playing around with the pieces (turned out to be seven), I found that they fit back together perfectly so I used wood glue and glued them together one at a time, clamping overnight, then doing the next piece.

Sanded it down real good, laid on 4 coats of Epifanes varnish, and it looks nearly new....and now has some "character."


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