I'm going to log progress on a new project I just started.
I bought my 01 ranger a little over a year ago and quickly noticed that the steering wheel was in poor shape. I had planned to just put on an aftermarket wheel with a quick disconnect, but the cruise control buttons would need to disappear. I like my creature comforts, and cruise control was definitely nice when driving 2-3 hours to the desert.
I had seen a guy on another forum who re-stitched his leather wheel with red thread, and that got me thinking. I had some faux suede left over from a previous project, a sewing machine, and plenty of time on my hands.
I pulled the stock wheel off tonight, and set to work getting the stock leather off. A seam splitter and small scissors made quick work of the threads. I'm saving the leather for now so that I can make patterns for the suede.
The foam looks like it melted, and had stocked through the leather. Every time I drove the truck my hands ended up sticky. Not a pleasant experience.
I scraped off as much of the old foam as I could for now by using a putty knife and shop rags, but it still needs some more work. Tomorrow I plan to source new foam and the needles and thread I'll need to sew the new wrap together.