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Gear knob DIY £1 vs £140!


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Look at the price of this!!!

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item519bc1aab4

So.....guess what I'm going to do?

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These are 50mm turned Birch and were about £1 each or so. I have a spare gearknob that I will remove the fitting and give them a go.

I'll try one plain, just varnished and try carefully cutting a gear layout pattern in another to be filled with black resin/wax before varnishing.

Any tips on how to bring out the best in the wood?

"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein

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I saw that eBay ad. too...I hope nobody buys it for that ridiculous price. Seller seems to be a right chancer...as you say, the £1 and a bit of ingenuity option is a much better bet. If the old one has broken, it could be glued back together again...or you could use the cast inset from the old one and transplant it into a new one! A bit of a p*sstake, I thought...

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Any tips on how to bring out the best in the wood?

GIve it a few coats of a spirit based wood stain and then once youve put the 7mm fitting in the bottom either spin it in a drill and appy/ polish with a hard wax or a varnish. Or Rustins do a hard laquer finish which gives a very shiny surface called plastic coating http://www.rustins.e...p?ProductID=857 . Ive used it on a dash ( which is obviously flat so may be easier to do). The surface comes out almost as good as the polyester used on pianos but thats not a diy apply job.

Just make sure the stain and laquer are compatable.

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I saw this ad as well,I am glad I am not the only one that thinks that is a disgusting price. Hopefully mine will be ok after a bit of TLC. Good luck with your knob slewthy! Be good to see your finished article.

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Really? £140 - incredible.

It is possible to buy gear layout inserts, including those with O/D so thats another option.

I think I'll just start by getting a good finish on one. I'll post up my results as suggested.

no more knob jokes

at all

please

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I bought a good used one from the US (SportsCarWorld) because I was unwilling to pay the stupid money they seem to fetch here. I think I paid $25.

Paul.

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Anyone paying £140 for a gearknob wants their brain testing. Or finding in the first place....! Think of what you can get for £140. A case of champagne. A new competition clutch friction plate is only £130ish. All the spanners you will ever need would cost less than that. Madness, I tell you, madness!!!!

Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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Here we go.

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The thread on mine is 8mm - later '86 which is generally handy.

Drilled out a 19mm hole for the nut thing which has....spline things.

Nice tight fit using a press.

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Now easy to spin on a drill for finishing.

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Well, here is my first effort.

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Its rosewood stain followed by 3 coats of ultrahard varnish. Inbetween each coat, I spun it on the drill and sanded with fine paper.

Now, its nice and smooth and has a lovely tactile finish to it.

Cant wait to have a car to screw it onto!

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Thanks Andy. This is 50mm which feels about right.

I hunted the house for my kids toys - amazing the variety of size spheres I found and could test!

There is a guy on ebay (actually lives quite close to me it turns out) who sells wooden balls of a variety of sizes and could probably turn out any size if asked.

I'm pleased with this and it has been just what I needed right now - something small I could get really good to give me some more incentive to continue with the main project.

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Well, this is on ebay atm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ELAN-2-GEAR-LEVER-KNOB-5-SPEED-/181178031791?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2a2f0d5eaf

Currently at £27 at 2 days to go. Not sure if it would fit the S1 though.

 

Mine looks better though! Oh, and 2000 miles on and not a scratch. Its very tactile - I find my passengers holding my knob at every opportunity...

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I'm seriously interested in making these in various exotic woods. Does anyone have an old one I can borrow for a pattern?

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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I'm seriously interested in making these in various exotic woods. Does anyone have an old one I can borrow for a pattern?

 

Not if they can sell them for £140!!

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Have you not been struggling to get wood recently Sparky?

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I've been trying to get decent wood for months.  Not like it used to be.

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