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  1. Well, if you're still watching, I just got off the phone with the Shrock Bros, after my first call of 2 weeks ago. "We've been watching steering wheels a long time, and never have seen anything like THAT." Apparently what's unique are the speed marks molded into the plastic, as well as the 40 spline shaft. A boat mechanic of similar depth of experience said the same thing, and added that he's never seen a boat wheel without a keyed shaft. I'd be deeply indebted if someone could come up with something definitive. But for now, I'm moving on (to the Antique Boat Museum). Does this club, the AACA, have a similar library library research help? Thanks everyone. David dlecount@ma.org
  2. Thanks, Gary. I couldn't help noticing the similarities to the '37 Studebaker when I looked at the Schrock site. Since I don't know, I can't give a date. But my wheel looks similar to at least a dozen different wheels from the late '30's, so that's the best I can do with a date. I'll give them a call today. Thanks again, David
  3. Hmm. 175 views, only the above replies. Maybe I shoulda posted pictures. OK, here they are. Maybe I shouldn't have said, "Thanks for the help," possibly making it sound like I was moving on. I did send a msg to the Schrock Bros, nothing in reply for several days. I posted on the Cadillac forum, with pictures. 75 people have viewed, again no response. One guy at a local antique boat club wrote back and said the guy who would know passed away last month. I really didn't expect this to be that hard. I'm mystified. Does anyone out there even remember seeing that article on steering wheels a year or two ago? Help!!!
  4. Thanks, everyone. I did some more poking on the web yesterday, and it looks like Sheller made wheels for just about everyone, including Chris Craft, at some point. The tip from Gary about the Shrock Bros looks hopeful. I'll try to contact them tomorrow. When I finally resolve this, if I ever do, I owe it to you to let you know. I guess this is why lots of people love those "Can you say what this is?" teaser pictures in the trade mags. It's one thing to take a part off a car and get a new one to match. Quite another to hand someone a piece and ask, "Do you know what this is?"
  5. I posted here about a year ago for help with a banjo wheel, a Sheller #2. Since then I have received puzzled looks, misinformation, and silence from many sources, including a wheel restorer who says he's been in the business for 30 years and never seen one of these. I've seen a few Shellers, including a #2, posted on eBay, but the sellers seem to not know anything about them. So: I need to find a steering wheel expert. It's clearly a '30's-era 18-inch wheel, has a 5/8 shaft, a 3.5" horn button opening, chrome hub, and has 40 shaft splines. I bought it thinking it would fit a late '30's Packard, but they all seem to have 36 shaft splines. I would really be grateful if someone could positively identify the vehicle (or boat) to which it belongs. Yes, I could post pictures, but they just seem to encourage speculation. Even if you could tell me what cars had 40 splines on the steering shaft, that would be a big help. Also, I was told by a local restorer that he remembers seeing an article in one of the club or trade magazines on classic era steering wheels. Does that ring a bell for anyone? Title and date for that article would be a big help, if you know. Thanks a lot for any and all leads. David contact: dlecount at ma dot org
  6. I bought a Packard trunk at a garage sale last year for $100 and I can't give it away to anyone in the NorCal Packard club. It's missing the leather handles, has no key, and one of the two lynch latches is broken, and I've looked in all the usual places for a replacement, unsuccessfully. The blue silk lining is still there with the Packard logo, but the original 3 drawers are gone. I'm telling you all this to be helpful. Yours looks in better shape, but I think $800 is a bit high. Good luck.
  7. Since posting the original request I have found that I have a fairly unique and mysterious wheel. I saw a "Sheller 2-3" posted on eBay recently as a '37 Ford, and indeed it looked like one. Jim Donaldson, of JBDonaldson in Phoenix, AZ, just restored for me a '38 Packard banjo wheel. He's restored hundreds of steering wheels, and has never seen this "Sheller 2", nor have any of his contacts. He's never seen brown plastic on a '37 Buick banjo, only ivory, although this one looks like a '37 Buick. Somebody out there must be able to give me a positive id, but I have yet to hear from them. The antique boat people are also mystified (or at least not responding), although it is true that Sheller made wheels that ended up on boats. Donaldson also told me today that Chris Craft put just about any wheel made on its boats. Again, what's unique about this wheel are the raised darts in the plastic: at the spoke joints (3) each, and in between the spoke joints (3) each. It has a 5/8 hole at top with 40 splines; a 3/4 inch hole on the back side. No keyway. 3.5 inch horn button insert; 4.75 hub at top; 18 inch diameter overall. Please, can someone help me? Thanks in advance, David ps If you just want to buy it, and don't want to tell me what it belongs on, that's fine too. As you can see from the pictures, it's in nice shape. Really nice shape. One hairline crack on the back of the rim; minor pitting in the chrome hub; and a few dings on the back from a moron with a hammer. Let me know and we can negotiate.
  8. If you're taking the body off the frame, and/or plan on working on the underside, or even the top, you MUST have one! I've met two guys who have done trifive Chevys on their backs, completely stripping the underside with a torch and a putty knife, but I think they're a bit crazy. I did mine on a rotisserie and I cannot even imagine any other way. Also nice for working on the underside of the dash and the inside of the top. Do whatever you have to do to get one. David
  9. Here are pictures of what I have. It has a 5/8 inch shaft hole, 40 splines, no keyway, and a 3.5 inch diameter opening for the horn button.
  10. I joined this forum and posted for the first time about 2 weeks ago (about a Sheller banjo wheel). I didn't bother to introduce myself then. Mea culpa. My first rebuild was at the age of 15-18, a 1930 Model A Ford Tudor sedan, in Burbank, CA. Dark blue body, black fenders, red wheels. After a long tour through VW land and BMW land and raising a family and, and, and, ...hope to retire in 3 more years. I own a '56 Bel Air hardtop (8 years and counting to completion in another 2-3, with my daughter); a '38 Packard 110 business coupe (dilapidated but almost drivable); and a '38 Packard 120 four door sedan (runs, but not safe to ride in because the mice can't see over the dashboard). Love to meet and chat with other car enthusiasts. Member of NorCal Packard Club and Redwood Empire Classic Chevy Club. I'm in the Santa Rosa area of N. Calif. Send a PM if you want to chat or get together. David
  11. :confused: Two weeks ago I jumped into a thread (my first time on this forum) posted a year or so ago about help identifying the car to which a "Sheller #2" banjo wheel belongs. That one had the center of the hub cut out. I also have a "Sheller #2, in pretty nice shape, but in talking to many people, both in wheel restoration and antique boats (and here, on this forum), I am still waiting for someone to give me a positive id. (Mine is not a Ford--it doesn't have a keyway). In the meantime, a friend said he recently saw an article in one of the old car magazines about nothing but antique steering wheels. Anyone out there know when and where this article was published? Or who wrote it? Many thanks for any tips. David
  12. It's splined, but has a hole drilled at an angle through the hub, about 1/16 in diameter. Also, I agree that it looks very much like a 36-37 Buick or LaSalle, but it's not quite the same. I'm still hoping someone can tell me exactly what it is so I can verify it myself. Thanks for your interest.
  13. Yes, I can see the ribs in STAYGOLD's pictures. So it appears that mine and his are the same, except mine hasn't had the center chopped out. But I'm still unconvinced it's from a Ford. (I'm not trying to malign anyone, I just need more information, because I don't know.)
  14. I'm a bit mystified by these postings. I recently bought a Sheller banjo wheel (pics attached) thinking it was for a Packard, of which I have two. After 2-3 days of perusing pictures and searching online, I feel closer, but not quite "home." All the pictures (including an outfit that rebuilds old boat wheels) and actual cars I have looked at of 1936 Ford banjo wheels have larger horn buttons than my Sheller, they have a smooth plastic surface where mine has the three ribs moulded in at the 3 spoke unions; and they have a "unique" extra finger grip on the inside of the rim, at the center of each of the 3 open sections, where mine has, again, three little ribs. I don't have a picture of the "Sheller" embossing, but it looks just like the one on the original posting here, with a "2" above the name. So what is mine, really? Is it really a '36 Ford with a smaller button insert? Or is it really off of an old wooden speed boat? Thanks for any help. David
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