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Old 12-30-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default A little progress on the 36 Banjo wheel

I haven't worked on it for a few months, so I blew off the dust and started to sand on it for awhile.
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Looks good Felix, keep up the good work.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:08 PM   #3
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Nice, really nice, but isn't it a '37?
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:15 PM   #4
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Nice, really nice, but isn't it a '37?
Right on... it's a '37, not a '36, however, I do have a '36 with a severely cracked ring if felix37 would want to do a '36 next .
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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Yeah, it's a 37 DLX wheel.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:37 PM   #6
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Sorry! I just saw my post header, I accidentally hit the 6 when I was typing on my phone.
I would love to try a 36 wheel!
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:45 PM   #7
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Hi Barners,

First... I'd like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year.

Someone please educate me on the differences in Banjo steering wheels. I need a wheel for a 36 Club Cabriolet (Deluxe, I would assume).
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #8
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The 36 wheel is flat (spokes are flat) and the spokes are separated by a round "slug" of stainless. The spokes are evenly spaced by the "slug". The 37 wheel has a slight curve to the spokes which are evenly spaced and they are separated by an oval diecast spacer( see Felix's photo). The 38-39 banjo has a more pronounced curve to the spokes and the spokes fan out as they move towards the center hub. Spokes are separated with an oval diecast separator similar to the 37 but there is a slight curve to the separator. The 38-39 is reproduced and you can find photos of that wheel on e-Bay. The 36 wheel was reproduced by Drake at one time , but it is no longer made. You can tell the Drake wheel from and original as it has the Drake name inside the bottom of the hub

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Old 01-01-2015, 12:30 PM   #9
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I have pictures of all the different banjo wheels ('36 thru '38), including the once produced repro '36 Drake wheel. I will try to dig those out later and post here.

I found the '36 Drake wheel to be lighter in weight and flimsier than the originals.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #10
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Right on... it's a '37, not a '36, however, I do have a '36 with a severely cracked ring if felix37 would want to do a '36 next .
WELL if John is going to do a wheel, I would like to send one of my 39 deluxe, for a do. I know you don't need wood, please make an exception
for me I Have some black walnut from a tree I use to clime as child, it was cut milled and kiln dried 12x12x2 inch with some croch grain, something to see, use some on JM's and anyone else from the barn would be my pleasure to use some of my wood, also some yellow oak with very bright checks .. watch for my pm... thanks.....OLD....BILL
NOTE; I have had a wheel in box, for sometime ready to send, looks like a good time to do it.

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Old 01-01-2015, 09:52 PM   #11
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Hi JM,

I'd love to see those photos if you can find them. Trying to decide what I have before I repair it.
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Hi JM,

I'd love to see those photos if you can find them. Trying to decide what I have before I repair it.
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Just finished taking some additional pictures. Will download them and ad some identification notes and post them sometime tomorrow. Stay tuned
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WELL if John is going to do a wheel, I would like to send one of my 39 deluxe, for a do. I know you don't need wood, please make an exception
for me I Have some black walnut from a tree I use to clime as child, it was cut milled and kiln dried 12x12x2 inch with some croch grain, something to see, use some on JM's and anyone else from the barn would be my plusher to use some of my wood, also some yellow oak with very bright checks .. watch for my pm... thanks.....OLD....BILL
NOTE; I have had a wheel in box, for sometime ready to send, looks like a good time to do it.
Hi Bill, that walnut would make a nice looking steering wheel. Thank you for the offer to let me to use some. As it turns out my '36 banjo wheels are all in good condition. It's a '37 banjo wheel that I have that's severely cracked around the grip ring. Maybe I will have that done to use on my '35 hotrod project.
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Bump....added some banjo steering wheel pictures to post #9
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Hi John,
Many thanks. That is a great photo study on banjo steering wheels. Going to go down to my shop and check your photos against the wheel. I should know what I have.
Thanks again.
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I have a '38 Deluxe wheel and the shaft that goes thru the column for sale.
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Hello. I know this is an old thread but I have a question about the banjo wheel I have and the horn button that I just purchased for it. This is the wheel I bought and I believe it to be a 1937 wheel. The button that I purchased is supposed to be a 1937 as well. My question is, does the 1937 horn button recess slightly into the hub of the steering wheel or does it just sit on top of it? Thanks for the help. Jim

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Old 02-25-2018, 07:17 PM   #18
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It is not recessed.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:32 PM   #19
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Looks like I have the right button then???


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Yes
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