Here's a strange question - if you've been keeping up with us, you know
we just got my daughter's '77 Trans Am running again a few weeks ago
after an overhaul. The steering wheel has been sticky ever since we've
had the car, maybe from heat and age (we're in S. TX but the car came
from CA and AZ) or maybe from too many greasy fingers working on the car
and touching the steering wheel. No matter how much we clean it, we
can't get all the sticky off. It's better than it was, but still not right.
Any ideas about what to clean it with? I'm probably just going to put
on a steering wheel cover but I'd like to get it clean first. It's one
of those hard plastic late-70's steering wheels, not a proper Trans Am
As an aside, we took the car out to the local car club "Saturday Night
Cruise" through the Sonic. We met the car club guys, had a quick shake,
and she was the hit of the car club with her red Firebird. Made her day.
I would also try those 'orange' cleaner products on your steering wheel.
Who knows what the heck is on it.
Your Firebird sounds like a great project, I just did a similar one with my
my daughter just turned 16, she actually learned to drive on this car. How
many 16 year olds
can say that?! A few weeks ago we went cruising downtown in Minneapolis
at a car event, man did we draw some attention-- nothing like a 16 year old
girl with long brown hair and a tank top driving in first gear down a street
lined with classic cars, at night, in a red '68 Camaro with a 383 stroker!
(dad riding shotgun of course
and kid brother riding in the back seat). Guys kept yelling, 'come on baby,
You could almost see the grey hairs sprouting on my head.
I think I've put the love of old cars into both my kid's brains. I remember
I nearly traded my camaro for a GTO and my son was in tears, saying he
to ride around in a GTO! I think he'd change his tune if he ever took a
ride in one!
Sounds like you're doing a good job. This one is Jessica's price and
joy, she enjoys the attention she gets in it (can't say I do though,
like you say, it's a dad thing). I haven't fixed the carb yet so the
secondaries don't work yet. No rush, she can already outrun me in my
'04 Ford truck, no telling what she'd do with the secondaries working!
It feels like too many years of greasy hands on the wheel, combined with
lots of heat. I'll try the orange cleaner, I think we've got some. I
even tried rubbing it with Gojo, it helped but still didn't fix it.
Keep up the good work with the kids, I even got Jessica to help me build
her engine. Now she knows more about engines than all the guys she
knows! I recorded it, maybe I'll get her to post the sound on her web site.
PS I posted these before, here's my '76 Firebird and her '77 T/A
Kerry, I haven't seen those pics of your cars before, I love the '67 bird.
Your daugther's car is a great classic too, maybe she could have it painted
too, with a gold bird on the hood...I remember some came from the factory
I can tell your daughter loves that car! She even looks a lot like my
daugther-- both have long brown hair.
What state do you guys live in? Must be down south because you mention it
being very hot out--
Yep, South TX, on the Gulf coast, not all that hot usually but plenty
humid! She's lucky it's not my old 67 Firebird, I painted it back with
a black interior, and no a/c. I was much more macho back then, I like
the a/c now...
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