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..
..and here's where you can see Ben providing another masterclass in mini restoration
Thought long and hard (..it's called procrastination, i think..) about where to start this topic before deciding it had to start with this..
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
..and clean it some more, 'til it looks like this
..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)
..and finally, have a go at restitching the cover back on..
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