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Chop steering wheel
For minifig creations, there are two official steering wheels. Those are the small one with a stand and the large one without. But what if you need a small steering wheel without the stand? You chop one! Follow the steps to se how its done.
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Stuff you need: Steering wheel, preferably a worn out one in a color that you have plenty of. 1/8 inch plastic rod. hand drill with 1/16" bit. razor knife. big razor knife.



Drill out the pin that holds the wheel to the base. You don't have to drill the whole thing out, just the very center. The wheel is held on by tension between the parts. When you drill out the center of the pin it removes the tension. slide the steering wheel off.


There is a raised part inside the steering wheel that goes around the circumference inside. Gently trim it off using a small razor knife. You can scrape it off a little at a time. check the fit on a 1/8" diameter rod. When you are satisfied with how it fits, stop triming. If you have a model maker's rat tail file you can use it to file the inside of the steering wheel to 1/8" I don't recommend using a drill for this step. not all 1/8" drill bits are EXACTLY 1/8". Unless you have access to machinists' drill bits, use a file or knife and go slow.

Checking for fit.



Use for the valve of a propane tank

Use for a wheel. maybe the brakes on a train, maybe a valve on a fire engine.

Cut a bit of 1/8" rod that is 3/16" long. Push it into the wheel so that you have a wheel with a rod.

When you use the bit of 1/8" rod you can put the steering wheel on anything that has a 1/8" hole. It is shown on the 1x2 tile with offset stud.



Comments

 I made it 
  July 14, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Interesting, but can't you purchase the parts separately from BL?
you can, but if you are like me you have a few dozen steering wheels, some of which are worn out, chewed up, and discolored. Rather than throw them away, you chop them as a form of recycling. that way you save on parts and shipping and don't have to wait a week for the bricklink shipment to arrive.
 I like it 
  July 14, 2013
Interesting, but can't you purchase the parts separately from BL?
 I made it 
  November 20, 2012
If you just try to pop the wheel off, it doesn't want to. I used the most worn out steering wheel in my whole collection and still had to drill it. If you are gentle with the drill you can use the steering wheel base for the base to a satellite dish. The stud is 1/8" in diameter so the hollowed out studs that small dishes have will fit.
 I like it 
  November 19, 2012
Really good idea. I thought that it would be easy to take it off if you wanted to, but I've never tried. Really creative.
 
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