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Can anyone tell me what size Insert this is,

does it fit into a 2" opening or a 21/2" opening in the steering wheel.

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Thanks, Glen .
 

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The cap fits into the white and later black stearing wheels found on bolens tractors from 1966 to 1969. Stearing wheel hole ID 2.5 and cap should be 2.5 OD on the part that slides in.
 
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Thank you, that's exactly what I needed!

Nice collection you have.
 

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That looks alot like an MTD cap I have on my Farm King. Many times they are missing. No Man on mine, not sure it ever had an emblem. You going to make those? Might have interest in one or two.

Wonder what you use to make all the Molds needed for items. I see those other Case caps of all types and wondered how long it took to make molds. Then........wondered if you have one of those 3D printers I've heard about and seen little in real life. Those would be quicker to make pieces from I bet.
 

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Oven time, only 4 or 5 companies made Steering Wheels for all the Garden Tractors (and boats), and they also supplied most of the inserts that were used, so there is a lot of interchangeability in the basic styles & sizes of the inserts, the decals made them unique.

Those 3D scanners and printers are nice, the $2,500-3,000 sets actually fuse-melt to make the item from a thin thread of plastic, it does look nice from a short distance but lacks close-up detail. To get a nice part, you would have to sand & grind the detail into it, prime and paint, and then the material is a rough plastic, not strong or outdoor safe. Best for prototypes, Amazon sells the machines now, but they seem prone to a lot of expensive technical problems right now. I think it's better to have someone with a commercial machine that really knows what their doing, do that work.

Sears has a nice scanner-router that does a very good job in wood, for just under $2,000.
 

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So I'm guessing your going to take that beautiful NOS Bolens cap and morf it into a reman Wheel Horse cap. Can't you find an old cap to put your WH decal on?

Although, I would probably do the same thing if my allegiance wasn't to Bolens.
 

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So I'm guessing your going to take that beautiful NOS Bolens cap and morf it into a reman Wheel Horse cap. Can't you find an old cap to put your WH decal on?

Although, I would probably do the same thing if my allegiance wasn't to Bolens.
I think he is trying to figure out the dimensions of the Bolens cap to reproduce the Bolens caps. The Wheel Horse tractors have a smaller center hole in their steering wheel.
 
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