Hello. Would appreciate it to learn how to restore an original "rubber rim" on Ford's steering wheel. The one I have is un-cracked and straight but faint black ends up on one's hands if you rub it. Plus, it could stand a wet sand, I suppose, due to a little surface roughness. I've seen examples that are coated in spar varnish to preserve them, but I don't want to do the wrong thing, so am asking for assistance. This is too nice to replace, for sure.
Also, the cast spider is affixed with square slot allen head screws and is stamped: "Ford - T-902-D2" with a forge stamp of "A" with a circle around it. Anyone have any knowledge for year of manufacture or whether this was standard equipment or an option?
Thanks for any assistance and have a great day! Bill
From years of reading the forum, those are called "Robertson screws" and are original on Canadian built cars.
Regarding treatment and protection of "Fordite" rims, see these older posts:
Mark - thanks for the info and great advice. The old forum links are all I need to know what to do. Thanks again.
Robertson screws are used heavily in the RV industry. Any hardware store will have the bit to fit that screw.
Fordite is a soybean based plastic, I don't think it will rub off black on your hands. I have and have seen more, a hard rubber rim that does come off on your hands. I think the hard rubber rims are after market. I just painted mine black.
I sand the wheel with very fine wet or dry, and finish up with 1500. Then I wax the hell out of it. I don't recommend painting, because it takes away from the original appearance.