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#1 KTS

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:37 PM

Whilst Ben keeps him self busy doing the hard yards on my pickup, i thought it about time to kick off my own topic to follow it's journey back to the road

 

to save typing it all again, here's the history..

 

http://www.theminifo.../332476-newbie/

 

..and here's where you can see Ben providing another masterclass in mini restoration

 

http://www.theminifo...-isle-of-wight/

 

 

Thought long and hard (..it's called procrastination, i think..) about where to start this topic before deciding it had to start with this..

 

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it's a 12.5" mk4, small boss, dished moto-lita steering wheel that was given to me about 30 years ago when i got my first mini - no idea what it came from, but it's been in every mini i've owned, and will go back in the pup when it's done

 

picture doesn't really do it justice, but it was in a very poor state of repair; filthy dirty, leather full of cracks and some of the stitching coming apart, to the extent that i did consider sending it off to mota-lita to get it refurbed, but decided against it as i wanted to retain some of its character

 

first step, clean it

 

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..and clean it some more, 'til it looks like this

 

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..then moisturise it endlessly 'til the leather softens up and a lot of the finer cracks disappear..(..tried lots of different products for this, but found E45 hand cream gave great results)

 

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..and finally, have a go at restitching the cover back on..

 

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not looking too bad considering the state it started out.

 

still have the boss to sort out; needs a good clean and a new coat of black crackle finish paint, but that'll be for another day

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 panky

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:06 PM

E45 brilliant :D

I've got a big pot of that for me dried up hands, might give it a go on the Cooper wheel which is a bit sun bleached at the top.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:01 AM

Never owned a pick up ... always liked commercial Minis

Looking forward to see how this comes along

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 05:10 AM

I was down at Goodwood talking to the Rolls Royce leather guys, they gave me a tip of using intensive care moisturising cream as leather is skin, so to moisturise skin what do we use? Cream. The better the cream, the better the moisturise.

It's really come out well, how did you go about restitching it?

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 01:15 PM

I was down at Goodwood talking to the Rolls Royce leather guys, they gave me a tip of using intensive care moisturising cream as leather is skin, so to moisturise skin what do we use? Cream. The better the cream, the better the moisturise.

It's really come out well, how did you go about restitching it?

 

good to know i'm following best practice with the E45 cream !

 

thanks - it came out a lot better than i was expecting.  moto-lita quoted me £95 (+VAT + postage) to refurbish/re-cover the wheel so i thought it was worth a try.  Having done it myself though, their price now doesn't look so bad  O_O

 

i used a curved upholstery needle to restitch it, and just followed the pattern they'd used originally - really fiddly and killed my fingers and took about 3hours for me to do just the section around the top.  i was planning on restitching the whole thing, but as the rest of the stitching is in reasonable good condition i think i'll leave it as is..

 

if you're interested, stitch pattern looks like this - simple but effective as each hole in the leather is tensioned against 3 points in the opposing piece to hold it in place

 

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 06:21 PM

..cleaned up the boss, gave it a coat of vht wrinkle plus and an hour in the oven, dug out some hi-loks pins and k-nuts from my stepdads collection and that's the steering wheel done.

 

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