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    Serial old car rescuer Arne's Avatar
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    Classic 9 self-install leather for 40cm wheel

    Can anyone add any possibilities in 2020 for a nice kit to re-wrap the originally leather wrapped 40cm wheel in my '72T? Yes, I know I could send it to Tony or Dallas and get it back in stunning condition. It's not only the cost, I really like doing things like this myself.

    Alan Gunn looks to have retired, and the quality of his stuff was sometimes a bit spotty anyway.

    Lakewell offers a kit that could be nice, but I'm having a little problem getting my mind around paying 59 to ship a small scrap of leather.

    I've seen old references to a kit from Classic 9, but they don't show any longhood stuff on their website and haven't replied to an email inquiry.

    Any other ideas or leads?
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    i got my leather from a guy in texas..but cannot remember the name...it took me 9 nights to sew it...i had to restart it 3 times...and could go about 2 inches a day.
    it was the hardest part to work on, on my car.
    if i did it again, i would have had the guy sew it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott A View Post
    if i did it again, i would have had the guy sew it.
    Yes, I've done this before on non-Porsches. It is not as easy as it seems like it should be. But gratifying when complete.

    Update - I posted too soon. Just heard from Classic 9 saying they do still have that pattern and can make me a kit. I am ordering one now, will post back on the results.
    - Arne

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    - 1972 911T coupe, Silver Metallic, Fuchs, Appearance Group, F&R sway bars. Soon to regain Frankfurt and factory A/C.
    Sold - 1984 911 Carrera coupe, Chiffon white; 1973 914 2.0, Saturn Yellow; 1984 944, Silver Metallic

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    Arne,
    I think I still have the curved needles from when I redid my '68 wheel. They may be over with Renee. Let me know if you need them.
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    Arne,

    Please keep us posted on your impression of the kit, a friend of mind is in need also. I have seen some of Classic 9's work posted on RL/Pelican for water cooled cars, I seem to recall overall positive feedback/results. To my eye many of the kits from others look to have a lot of grain in the leather, where originals that I have seen were quite smooth.
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    This is something you will only attempt once in a lifetime!! https://www.early911sregistry.org/fo...ng+wheel+cover

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt912 View Post
    Arne,
    I think I still have the curved needles from when I redid my '68 wheel. They may be over with Renee. Let me know if you need them.
    I don't yet know if the Classic 9 kit comes with needles or not John. I'll ping you if I need them.

    Quote Originally Posted by MoparBoy72 View Post
    Arne,

    Please keep us posted on your impression of the kit, a friend of mind is in need also. I have seen some of Classic 9's work posted on RL/Pelican for water cooled cars, I seem to recall overall positive feedback/results. To my eye many of the kits from others look to have a lot of grain in the leather, where originals that I have seen were quite smooth.
    Will do. hoping for s

    Quote Originally Posted by mfitton View Post
    This is something you will only attempt once in a lifetime!! https://www.early911sregistry.org/fo...ng+wheel+cover
    Possibly. But I do like doing things myself when I can. In many cases it's just a matter of taking my time with it.
    - Arne

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    Sold - 1984 911 Carrera coupe, Chiffon white; 1973 914 2.0, Saturn Yellow; 1984 944, Silver Metallic

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    Lordie, I just know that I would make a total mess of doing something like this,
    A- I dont have the patience
    B- My fingers are like dumb sausages
    C- I get EYE strain even when reading a txt on my Ph
    Keep us posted though if you go ahead with the 'challenge''
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    The kit arrived today, looks really good so far. Included two needles, one straight and one curved. (John, if you can find a curved one, it might be handy to have just in case.) The leather has a nice texture, and stretches to a nice, snug fit over the wheel. The leather at the bottom seam is properly thinned, sewn and glued. The exposed edges at the spokes are also finished nicely. All the holes are pre-punched and evenly so.

    Yes, it looks like a fair bit of work, but nothing I haven't done before. Stay tuned for updates.

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    - Arne

    Almost done
    - 1972 911T coupe, Silver Metallic, Fuchs, Appearance Group, F&R sway bars. Soon to regain Frankfurt and factory A/C.
    Sold - 1984 911 Carrera coupe, Chiffon white; 1973 914 2.0, Saturn Yellow; 1984 944, Silver Metallic

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    The job is in progress, and despite the gloom and doom predictions, it's not that difficult. I've got 2, maybe 3 hours in it now, probably 25% complete. Bear in mind that the daunting write-up linked above includes making your own cover from scratch. More than half of the text there is not needed with this kit, as the cover is already fabbed up and ready to install. I will post a slimmed down version applicable to this kit shortly.

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    - Arne

    Almost done
    - 1972 911T coupe, Silver Metallic, Fuchs, Appearance Group, F&R sway bars. Soon to regain Frankfurt and factory A/C.
    Sold - 1984 911 Carrera coupe, Chiffon white; 1973 914 2.0, Saturn Yellow; 1984 944, Silver Metallic

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