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Modified steel wheels--keep or dump?

PostPost by: Davidb » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:41 pm

The original steel wheels for my S2 were modified for racing in the sixties-widened and plate reinforced. They are 5 1/2 or six inches wide. I just noticed one of them has a couple of cracks in it. They are quite heavy.
I have fitted 26R hubs to my car with Revolution peg drive wheels so I have no use for these old steel wheels. Would anybody like them or do I send them to the dump?
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:33 pm

Extra unsprung weight AND cracks...dump.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:57 pm

Yeah, that's what I thought--it isn't as though they ran at LeMans or anything... :roll:
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:04 pm

If you're not in a rush, you may offer them here for the cost of shipping : maybe someone would like to make a workshop wall clock or something else of them...
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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:24 pm

Not even I want to use them for a wall clock! :shock:
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:24 pm

David,

Where are the cracks? I don't have a car with bolt on wheels, but thought they were rare and valuable. Just a thought, someone might need them.

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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:41 pm

Here is a photo of the one cracked wheel--one crack is at about 11.00 and and the other is 180 degrees opposite and runs circumferentially .

Both cracks are in the outer "lotus" part of the wheel-the reinforcing section behind would still make the wheel safe I think. I suspect that the cracks occurred before the reinforcing was done. Those are the only two cracks-the other marks are not cracks.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:06 pm

I sold a set of original steel wheels without the hubcap mounting pegs. The new owner had to have the pegs made up from scratch at a high cost. At least you have the wheels w/ pegs, so I would say there is some value. Let the buyer beware, so long as you make it clear the issues you have found and are selling them with. Good luck!
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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:42 pm

OK! Anybody in the Pacific North West want a set of steel wheels widened to ~6 inches and reinforced?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:33 am

I was always told that the first rule of classic car ownership is “never throw anything away”

Keep them or gift them
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:13 am

Hi David, I am very interested, and have sent a pm. Thank you.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:08 pm

I also have a set of four Cosmic mags from the sixties the same size 13x6 with same 3.75 pcd But I want $400 for those!
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