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Old 06-17-2024, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default Unusual 16 inch wire wheels

I have a set of 16 inch wire wheels on my 1930 Tudor. What is unusual about them is that they fit the Model A hub cap. Does anyone have any information as to where or by whom they were manufactured?
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Old 06-17-2024, 06:19 AM   #2
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A picture would really help
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Old 06-17-2024, 09:02 AM   #3
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Could be a set of 19" cut down to 16"s, that was a common custom move.
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Old 06-17-2024, 10:09 AM   #4
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Could be a set of 19" cut down to 16"s, that was a common custom move.
I have heard they did this during WWII. Good used 16" tires were easier to get because all rubber was going to the war effort.

I would like to see pictures also.
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Old 06-17-2024, 10:22 AM   #5
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The wheels on my avitar are cut down model A wheels.
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Old 06-17-2024, 03:22 PM   #6
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Here is a picture of the wheels.
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Old 06-17-2024, 04:14 PM   #7
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I have a set of 16 inch wire wheels on my 1930 Tudor. What is unusual about them is that they fit the Model A hub cap. Does anyone have any information as to where or by whom they were manufactured?
Yes cut down wheels as can be seen by the welds.
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Old 06-17-2024, 04:15 PM   #8
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Looks like cut down A wheels with 16" rim. The bent spoke ends and arc welds on the spoke ends are a sure sign.
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Old 06-18-2024, 03:40 PM   #9
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cut down wheels
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Old 06-18-2024, 09:01 PM   #10
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WOW, that looks like s lot of work!...not to mention getting them to run true

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Old 06-18-2024, 09:31 PM   #11
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I have 6 of them that someone gave me. 3 have rusted out at the bead from being store outside.
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Old 06-18-2024, 10:50 PM   #12
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Here's mine.
Not all are exactly true. And frankly, the welds on these look terrible.

I have since replaced them with good original 19" wheels and AC radial tires.
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I just took a set of 4 to the powder coater.

Before I did, I checked them for trueness and was very surprised how good they were.

I did have to do some re-work on the welds.

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Old 06-19-2024, 11:05 AM   #14
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For cut down wheels they run true.
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Old 06-20-2024, 12:37 PM   #15
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Default Re: Unusual 16 inch wire wheels

I had 6 of these wheels that I had intended to use on my pickup. I went with 19"radials and sold the 16 inchers.
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