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Old 01-31-2020, 08:37 AM   #1
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I was having some new tires put on all the way around. I was just told there are some rust holes on the rims. I have read about rebuilding these wheels. Is it better to rebuild or buy new wheels. I would prefer to keep the dollars as low as possible. This is not a show car and is being restored by my 17 year old son and not a show car. Can the holes be welded closed without compromising integrity of the wheels? Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-31-2020, 09:15 AM   #2
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If it were mine I would go for new or better used originals. If the rims are rusted through they are most likely thin in other parts. Not good to have one come apart on the hi way.
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Old 01-31-2020, 09:39 AM   #3
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Definitely a safety issue. Obviously best to change them out if new or good used rims can be located for reasonable $$.
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Old 01-31-2020, 10:50 AM   #4
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Repair consideration always hinges on how bad the cancer is there. One little pit can be easily brazed or welded without compromise of the wheel structure but a large group of pits with associated pebbling of the metal puts the question of repair into a different category. Heavy pebbling compromises the structural integrity.
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Old 01-31-2020, 11:06 AM   #5
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How about a photo of the holes or a description of how big they are and where they are located on the wheel. Where are you located ? I have some good wheels. What size are the wheels ?
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:15 PM   #6
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Are there actual holes or rust scale??
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:43 PM   #7
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How about some pictures of the wheels and the rust holes. Not knowing what you have makes it hard to make meaningful suggestions.

You should also add your general location to your profile so people can recommend places to repair the wheels.


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Old 01-31-2020, 02:36 PM   #8
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28-29 the rolled bead will rust out,passed up 5 30-31 wheels at hershey price was free,badly rusted,look for better ones,don't buy ones with tires mounted,surprise when you take tires off!
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:05 AM   #9
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I am located northwest of Indianapolis. I brought the first wheel in question to the welding shop, so no photos yet. They are 19 inch wheels.
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:16 AM   #10
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Before you commit to the welding have you checked them to see if they are out of round or have run out? How are the lug nut holes, out of round or cracked? Are the spokes straight and firmly attached at both ends? You don't want to spend the money for the welding and then have to scrap them. My guess is that a good used wheel is about $75 dollars. Others please comment here since I haven't shopped seriously for a wheel in a long time. Get this number and keep it in mind when you are at the welding shop. Sure like to see some photos, celll phone photos are fine.

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Old 02-01-2020, 10:33 AM   #11
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go to Craigslist and buy a few wheels. avg price is 25-35. for a rim


19" rims are soooooooo available. dont want to weld junk and trust your life to it.


if you were closer, I have several.........
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:54 PM   #12
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go to Craigslist and buy a few wheels. avg price is 25-35. for a rim

19" rims are soooooooo available. dont want to weld junk and trust your life to it.


if you were closer, I have several.........
Ronn, Why don't you put your general location in your profile? He may be visiting relatives or going on vacation to the town you live in.

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