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Old 05-11-2020, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Options for rims for a 35

My little roadster is just not smooth enough on the hiway,new 600-16 radials helped a lot but the rims are just not true enough for a good balance,
I like the spoke rims but think a solid rim would be smoother ride!!
What later rim would fit,or does some one thatís straightens the spoke rims???
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:05 PM   #2
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I like 49-50-51 mercury rims.
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:06 PM   #3
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There is someone here in Southern California that does it but shipping would be a killer. Contact your local Model A and Early Ford V8 clubs and see if they know some place local that does that type of work or buy some rims that are straight. I assume you have mechanical brakes and know know that if you run solid wheels on mechanical brake drums/hubs you need an adapter/spacer. I like the look of the wire wheels.

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Old 05-11-2020, 06:18 PM   #4
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for my 35 Roadster I went through all of my stock Ford 16" wire wheels and picked out the best 4 i had, perfectly straight.... i put tires on with absolutely no balancing done to them and i can take my hands off the wheel at 80mph
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Old 05-11-2020, 07:41 PM   #5
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Use dynabeads in your tires.
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Old 05-11-2020, 07:46 PM   #6
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Anyone had luck with the sand in wheeled??
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Old 05-11-2020, 10:43 PM   #7
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Try Dynabeads from Dynamic balancing - made just for your problem ....
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:22 PM   #8
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Anyone had luck with the sand in wheeled?


Yes!, well dynabeads, I run them in my 35 with KH wires. The fun part is getting them into the tubes, but very worthwhile result. I drive my 35 fast and no vibration whatsoever.
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:33 PM   #9
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No balancing in the world fixes a rim that is all over the place...
On the other hand the spoke rims arenīt to hard to straighten if you know how to deal with them.
If you want your rims dead on the last tiny bit is almost impossible to straighten so when you are done straigtening set it up in the lathe and cut the mounting surface.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:02 AM   #10
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Do you remove all weights when using the dyna beads??? I’m am running tubeless and have no air problems..
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Yes, remove all the weights. Running tubeless? so easy to fit the beads in that case. Try 'em, you love 'em.
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Old 05-12-2020, 03:12 PM   #12
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Have you spun the wheels to check for out-of-round and run-out?

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Old 05-12-2020, 04:49 PM   #13
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Are you using the stock or later drums? You need support rings to run wires on later drums and you need to machine off the little towers to run later rims on early drums.
16” wires will wobble if used on later drums without the support rings.
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A friend of mine owned a bicycle shop that trued a set of wires for a 20's or 30's Cadillac restoration. I don't know how they turned out but if you have a bicycle shop nearby, it might be worth a visit or a phone call.
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Don my buddy here in Australia does wheel straightening. He just did 5 35 wires for me and he said they were terrible, he did the best he could. So I dug out 5 16” Kelsey hays wire wheels and gave them to him. He said wow these are far superior quality to the ford wire wheels. Anyway the K H are going on my convertible sedan.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:55 PM   #16
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I’m sure the KH would be better—If I had 4 !!!
Have watched a guy balance them and they do have some run out ,,they balance but the run out is probally my problem
My buddy Bruce picked up what is supposed to be a wheel straightener from the early days,has a couple built in hyd jacks and some mandrels,might look into this machine!!
Car had hyd brakes when purchased!never did see any spacers or rings,I assume they are 39 or 40 brakes assembly,they have the encentric adj on lower back of backing plates and 2 adj on upper BP

Pretty sure the rims hit the drums but should double check anyway
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I have factory ‘35 ford wires on my ‘29 A and at 65 it is as smooth as can be. They balanced fine. I did buy the nicest original set I could find. I have a jig that mounts to a table or tailgate so you can spin the wheel and check for straightness before buying. It was simple to make.
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:30 PM   #18
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I’m sure the KH would be better—If I had 4 !!!
Have watched a guy balance them and they do have some run out ,,they balance but the run out is probally my problem
My buddy Bruce picked up what is supposed to be a wheel straightener from the early days,has a couple built in hyd jacks and some mandrels,might look into this machine!!
Car had hyd brakes when purchased!never did see any spacers or rings,I assume they are 39 or 40 brakes assembly,they have the encentric adj on lower back of backing plates and 2 adj on upper BP

Pretty sure the rims hit the drums but should double check anyway
Hydraulic drums and wire wheels usually don't get full contact. Here is what you should be looking for: https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...=1#post1286293

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Old 05-12-2020, 11:09 PM   #19
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up to about an 1/8" runout is pretty common, and should not be a problem. up to 3/16 i would run on the back, and maybe get away with it. any more..no good. but any show of being out of round puts them on the junk pile. i have a rig i made for painting wheels, but works good for checking for true also.
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:47 PM   #20
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What you need to find is a wheelwright. Check in your area, or with other clubs to see if one is close enough that you don't have to ship the wheels. Also try google "wheel straightening" in my area.
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