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About Schmiddy

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  1. Hey Winston, Hahaha! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ Klick on the Logo Riviera65 in my signature and got to "get in touch"... there you will find my address. I bet, it will be a bit cheaper if you steal one in the states (with the costs for a flight to Switzerland and back, you could buy 2 complete steering wheels with hornbar and cap! πŸ˜† ...but in any case you come over one day or an other, it would be nice to be my guest! (Say when so that I can hide my horn cap first! πŸ”’πŸ”‘ πŸ€ͺ)
  2. Hey Hans If there is a reason, I don't know it. This part is a very rare one and, as I know, a lot of Riv owners are searching for such a good piece. Seems that it is not that easy to restore, replate or reproduce them... As I said, Rick Rawls was the man who was able to reproduce these caps in the required quality. He is also the man for reproduced horn bars (I got one from him, they are outstanding!!!). If he says, it is complicated to reproduce these horn caps (or find anyone who is able to do so), then it probably is... If you hear about anybody who is able to do it in a good quality, please let us all know!!! Thanks!
  3. Thank you for that nice feedback Winston, I do very appreciate! πŸ˜€πŸ‘Œ Well, the original GS steering wheel is not made in wood - some kind of robust plastic who looks like wood. If you have original wood on your door panels and center console that looks lighter than the plastic of the GS steering wheel, I agree that it will not fit that well... I made it the other way round. I took a wood for my panels and center console that looks as similar as the plastic of the GS steering wheel, and then oiled the woods of my panels shade by shade until I had them all in the same color as the wheel. Sound like a lot of work, but it wasn't. Took me 2 or 3 hours to hit the right color! Your situation is exactly the other way round... You want the wheel matching the color of the panels wich is a different approach and needs to rebuild the steering wheel completely in the same wood you used for the panels and center console.... A wood rebuild will probably generate a lot more expenses than repainting the "wooden" parts of the steering wheel and then have a epoxy coat as finish. There are some very talented airbrushers in your country who could do that very professionally - your steering wheel would exactly look like the wood on your panels... But you are a purist, Winston - just like I am - so you will choose the harder and lasting way to do it in veritable wood! 🀩 Yes, please send us then some picts when its done! πŸ˜‰Looking forward to it! (in my humble opinion, the steering wheel you have in your gorgeous 65 fits absolutely well, doesn't it? Hahaha, if we where neighbors Winston, no need to swipe my horn cap in the middle of the night - you would come over for a couple of beers, speaking about cars the whole night, and we we could share that horn cap until you find yours! πŸ€—πŸ˜„πŸ‘Œ Have a great start of the week, we stay tuned! By the way, I got my Riview last friday and I read your article... oh my gosh, what a car, and what a great story!!! That 65 looks soooo damn good! I bet, you and Cindy have a lot of fun every time you drive it out! Enjoy that car and keep it as long as you can! So I will do it with mine 😍
  4. Hey Ed This is right, Rick used do do some very nice replicas of the horn cap and I wanted one of these for myself. However, how I understood his situation, he is not able to produce them. What he wrote in his email at that time (that was April 2017): "Unfortunately I don’t see the production of horn caps happening anytime in the near future." I don't know ir that changed since...
  5. Schmiddy

    Clarks customers

    And here is the link to that episode of the Corvair: (unfortunately not the full episode).
  6. Schmiddy

    Clarks customers

    Very interesting, thank you Jan! Amazing the tooling they built to reproduce these interior parts!
  7. Schmiddy

    Clarks customers

    Absolutely agree with Pat... never will be the same without Ed!
  8. This is how I did it too... My 65 have now a very nice GS wooden steering wheel I put together from 2 other ones. Only for the horn cap, I had to buy a whole steering wheel! The cap was in mint condition but the steering wheel was brocken at several places (the guy didn't wanted to sell separately). The other wheel I bought was in top condition, but had no horn cap nor horn bars. These caps are pretty rare to find! πŸ™ˆ). I hope you will have a bit more luck than I had! πŸ€πŸ˜‰ The horn bar I got from Rick Rawls who are very nice and robust (and not so expensive like the one on ebay the other day! πŸ˜‚)
  9. Schmiddy

    WTB '65 wheel

    Here are some pics of mine. It is sold now and on his way to Australia to a very nice guy in Port Macquarie.
  10. Didn't knew that a bid can be retracted 😳....I always tought a bid is a bid.
  11. And I'm also very thankful for all my new Riviera-Friends I got since I own an restore this car... (That Riv is my first US-Classic car and will keep it as long as I live, then it will go over to my sons! πŸ˜‰)
  12. This is how I met Ray 2 years ago - such a great person! Somehow he heard about that I restore my 65 (with no knowledge about restoring cars! πŸ€¨πŸ€”) and he wanted me to wright about it. I felt very honored about this request and since then, all two month, I get a memo from him to wright something for the next issue... My chance to give back what I got from this very, very cool ROA forum! I'm always so happy and thankful for all the great inputs I could learn from.
  13. A genius way to hide your Radio, while keeping the whole place in your glovebox. If I had heard from that earlyer!!! πŸ€©πŸ‘Œ
  14. Thank you very much Mike, I very appreciate! πŸ€— Wow thank you Mark, I think you put a little too much in my competences πŸ˜†... But thank you very much, I'm still learning a lot while working on my beloved 65! πŸ€©πŸ‘Œ Good eye Ed ...and you're absolutely right with that! The built in of the speakers is the first part of the issue... In the second part I will show what I did with the head unit! πŸ˜‰ (My old radio doesn't work anymore but I kept it in place for the original look - and it still has light in it β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘Œ). You must know, here in Switzerland the "normal" FM Radio frequences will be replaced soon with DAB/DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting), why I needed to have an other head unit anyway! So together with the speakers I bought a new one I hid it in the glove compartment). If you want to know more now, check my pics on Flickr, there will be some I will use for the second part in the Riview: Enjoy!
  15. Still waiting for my issue... it always take a bit longer to my country and I'm looking forward to read that article Winston! πŸ€—