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I know the '42 lincolns had soft pale yellow knobs. What color is the lettering on the dash knobs? Any help would be appreciated.

Keith

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Hi Keith,

I went through my archives of Lincoln photos and these are the only ones I can find of 1942 dash knobs. The letters look like a really dark red to me.

It would appear that not many folks take pictures of their dashboard!

Perhaps someone else can come up with some better photos. Maybe even a 1942 Lincoln OWNER! What a concept!

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Thank you Phil and John for your answer.

Earlier this summer I took on the project of molding and casting '41 dash and interior plastic. Well it's fall and I'm finally done. Attached is photo of the complete set.

I would like to thank Dave Springer and esp. John Murphy for their assistance in this endeavor. Without John's help I could not have done it. The knobs are "peach glow" but the photos show them more brown than they actually are.

Still looking for '41 steering wheel donors for my next epic journey. I have a restored '41 wheel for a mold but I need the metal rings of several old steering wheels. Wheels that can't be saved.

Thanks for letting me share.

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Is this person Keith selling his repro knobs for 41s? I have sent him a couple of PMs over the last few months with no reply. Are there other sources for new dash knobs?

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Paul,

I'm alive. I'm terribly sorry. I haven't checked my PM in months. In fact I forgot I had that option.

I visit this site often but rarely log on. so I never see any blinking light to tell me I have a message. You can reach me at kc_lee@cox.net;

BTW. IN about 3 months I'll be molding and casting '40 and '41 steering wheels. Looking to buy old donor rims for those years.

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Hi Keith:

I just sent you a PM & then read this post & thought I'd send you a "Public Post"! :-) With a Swap Meet coming up in just over two months, I'll look for any 1940 - 41 Steering Wheels for you. MAHALO!

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Tom,

I got your PM, thank you for your questions. Yes, please look for any beat-up old zephyr wheels for my project. I will reimburse you for any cost of the wheel plus shipping. Also I will pay you a finders fee. This offer is good for anybody going to a swap meet and finds a '40-'48 wheel. The worst shape, the better. Remember, I'm only using the metal rim and center, all old plastic will be removed. I am recasting the wheel, NOT restoring with fillers or bondo.

Thanks

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Keith, Rolf ask me to post these pics of '42 steering wheels and plastic knobs which appear to be very original and not yellowed by age. He also may be of help in your '40-'41 steering wheel project. His e-mail is rolf@got.net

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By gosh it appears I've got a '42 steering wheel in pristine condition. Never knew what it went to until I saw Rolf's photos. Anyone want to trade for a '41?

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Dave,

Rare indeed. Could you take some close-up photos for me of the '42 wheel? Question: Did Lincoln use the exact same mold for the '46-'48 wheel? Esp. the vertical lines left and right of the horn ring. After I mold the '41 wheel (in pre-production) I will be working on the '42-48 wheel. If you find a pristine '41 wheel for trade, I would like to talk to you about buying your old '41 wheel...or some sort of trade for a new repro wheel. Dave, you are familiar with my work and I will be putting the same quality in the wheel repros.

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Here's a photo of the '42 steering wheel I was referring to. And yes, if anyone wants to make a trade, I'll surely provide my '41 as a core. I might do that anyway because it's sufficiently cracked that I wouldn't want to use it as is.

Dave

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Dave,

Nice wheel, beautiful wheel, but I don't think it's a Zephyr wheel. Check out the differences between yours and the known '42 wheel from Rolf's photo collection.

Can anybody out there identify it?

Keith

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I wouldn't bet much but that 'mystery" steering wheel looks like a '48 Packard without it's chrome trim on the spokes?

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Thanks Keith and Dee. I'll try posting it on the Packard forum and see if anyone recognizes it. My brother acquired it many years ago as a Zephyr item. It does fit the shaft and key perfectly, so I thought it had to be Ford.

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They mystery wheel doesn't look like Packard to me. Also, for all those interested, the 1942 Lincoln wheel is the same one that is used in Tuckers.

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West, if not a Packard steering wheel what's your guess? Those skinny, drooping spocks don't seem to appear on other makes?

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West,

Went through my archive of photos and found this. Here are two pictures of the wheel from the restored Tucker in the Merle Norman Museum. It is indeed a '42 zephyr Wheel. Also, this is a longshot but this gull wing wheel looks a lot like Dave's wheel except it doen't have the chrome stripes on the center bar.

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Keith, looks like you have solved the mystery...that Mercedes wheel looks like the one. Here's a close up of a Tucker.

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Wow, you guys are over the top. Thanks for the research. I check with the Mercedes guys. Strange that the wheel fits a Zephyr perfectly though.

Dave

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Keith Ls lower picture looks like the wheel in question. The Packard wheel appears to come out of the hub at the 3 and 9 o'clock position whereas the wheel in question appears to originate at the 6 o'clock position or on a tangent to the hub. The Tucker did have the 42 wheel.

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