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    Super Moderator Super Moderator Kelly's Avatar
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    So I found and bought an NOS steering wheel that was listed on ebay for all of 10 minutes with a "buy it now" option. It's a Thompson wheel, and wrong colors but the plan is to make it look like something Skagit put on. The real trick will be to make a Skagit center cap in place of the "T".
    I'll also paint it, probably white and burgundy.
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    Just an idea, but you could make a mold of the cap with a silicone and cornstarch mix (I saw it on YouTube, but haven't tried it yet). Fill the mold with clear resin and you have a Clear plastic cap (as long nothing protrudes into the original one). Then get one of those cheap laser CNC etchers and etch your design of choice in the back. Fill the etched part with paint and remove any paint from the non etched areas. Either wipe off when wet or sand when dry. When the first layer is dry, paint a contrasting coat over it. It looks really cool in my imagination.

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    I like your thinking, though I'll have to see how the cap is put together. I might be lucky and it will be able to be taken apart easily. I will post up when it arrives next week.
    I did get a message from the seller saying he found a "Crack" in the wheel that he didn't notice before and offered a refund or 50% off. Um, no brainer there.
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    Received my new steering wheel today. I'm super happy with this purchase! The color is way cooler than the pictures eluded to in the auction. It does have a unique hairline crack that goes laterally at the top of the wheel. I've never seen a steering wheel do that at the 12 o'clock position and since it's NOS I'm guessing it's from getting knocked around in storage.
    Either way, it will get installed as is for now since I'm not sure i even want to paint it now that I've seen it in person.
    Check it out...
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    oh, yes, for sure, keep it in the colors it's in now, too nice ! I wouldn't change the logo either, just looks too nice. My original wheel is looking a lot more worn, has a "patina" to it, don't want to paint it !P1110296 - Version 2.JPGHas original Wilcox Crittendon hub.

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    very cool.

    You could always turn the cap upside down and say it is an anchor....
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    Ha! Anchor!

    Bruce you mentioned Wilcox Crittendon. Since both of these look similar, I checked the backside for a stamping or logo, sure enough "WC" on the back!
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    John and Kelly- HA on me, did a check on eBay, wow, W&C started in the marine hardware business in 1869, including wheels and, huh, anchors !
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-20-p...86:g:hrkAAOSw9

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    Now that's some heritage.
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    Wilcox Crittenden has been making boat hardware for a long time. It's really high quality, so I'm always on the lookout for it.
    The Wilcox Crittended "Skipper" marine head as I have on the Saratogan is still in limited production. First introduced in the 1940's.
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