I like the skinny look of a vintage steering wheel but the one in my old Ford was in pretty pitiful shape. The outer ring was cracked with chunks missing, and the spokes weren't much better. The options were to either buy a retro-looking wheel or find an NOS piece. I didn't like what those options would do to my bank account. So I puicked the third option. Hack up what I had and make it better!
My experience in upholstery is limited to covering a go-kart seat when I was a kid and a short stint in an upholstery shop where they let me touch the sewing machine exactly one time. I did however learn by watching and asking questions. I also scored some upholstery materials. This is how I put together a little bit of knowledge, some patience, and some time, to create some pretty passable seat covers for my old Ford.
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