Restoration. The cheap answer is to get a dremel and hog out the cracks right to the metal and fill them in with a two part epoxy, then sand, use filler and smooth out and paint. I've been down this road and for a couple of minor cracks it works. You are dealing with 60+ year old plastic. I've found that 9 of 10 items the cracks come back, especially the high stress areas where the outside meets the center post. For big cracks near the hub, forget it. I've seen guys use bondo and show everyone how nice it looks painted. Put it on a car you drive and show me how it turned out in a few months.
The proper way to do it, is to have it recast in the color of your choice.
My steering wheel was trashed and when I looked into what it would cost to restore it I was shocked. Then I learned that Chris (forum owner) has them so I ordered one....and am very happy with it. Correct color, good fit, etc.
While we're on this topic, I've been thinking of swapping my stock '51 steering wheel for a white deep dish style from a sixties Falcon. Assuming the US Falcon wheel is same as the Oz one, does anyone know if it's an easy swap ?
Yeah Greg, that was suggested on a local forum here in Oz. the Falcon is deeeep dish. I was looking at some fifties Fords last weekend and they are not so deep but have the same look. I reckon I'll see if I can source one of those. Cheers.
I bought a steering wheel from Chris (forum owner) for my 50. I put about 30 miles on the car this weekend and love the steering wheel. It's accurate, the right color, etc. I'd recommend this if your wheel restoration doesn't work out....