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Old 08-19-2015, 07:09 AM   #1
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Will '40 steel wheels work with the standard '30 brake hubs and studs? Just making sure
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:32 AM   #2
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:54 AM   #3
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I believe you will need about a one-quarter inch wheel spacer on each wheel.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:06 AM   #4
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I believe you will need about a one-quarter inch wheel spacer on each wheel.
You need the spacer to put wire wheels on 40 hubs
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:25 AM   #5
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Someone told me they used to use an old piston ring for a spacer??????????? DON'T TRY IT!!
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:42 AM   #6
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I can't give you a source for the spacer but this shows the problem:http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/t.../#post-8330045
Some people just grind down the raised areas but I hate to see that done. Just for the record I like the wire wheels.

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Old 08-19-2015, 02:03 PM   #7
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Thank you!
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:33 PM   #8
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He's stated 30 hubs NOT 40's.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:41 PM   #9
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He's stated 30 hubs NOT 40's.
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I am not sure what you are trying to say. Does it tie to one of the posts?

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Old 08-20-2015, 11:01 AM   #10
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A wheels have a step in the mounting area, '40 and later do not. A spacer is required to allow the '40 wheel to fit flat against the drum, otherwise the wheel will be in a bind and likely crack.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:54 AM   #11
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Seems to be lots of confusion on this subject. Jim Brierley is correct. The necessary flat spacer is about .125" thick, and goes over the studs to leave a flat area for the back of the solid wheel to sit against. I may have a source for them if you need a set.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:06 PM   #12
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Seems to be lots of confusion on this subject. Jim Brierley is correct. The necessary flat spacer is about .125" thick, and goes over the studs to leave a flat area for the back of the solid wheel to sit against. I may have a source for them if you need a set.
I just installed a spacer set with my Lincoln brake setup and '35 Kelsey wire wheels. Actually , the spacers I installed are 1/4 " thick aluminum. They can be obtained from most suppliers now a days.
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There is SO MUCH stuff available, nowadays! You can "probably" buy a RUDDER for a DUCK, even. Did you know an AMPHICAR uses the front wheels for a RUDDER?
In the old days, Ted made 2" wheel spacers, by TORCHING them out & machining them on his OLD lathe! He even cut & reversed disc wheels, using an OLD drum lathe, Ted can make almost ANYTHING, out of almost ANYTHING--------
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there is so much stuff available, nowadays! You can "probably" buy a rudder for a duck, even. Did you know an amphicar uses the front wheels for a rudder?
in the old days, ted made 2" wheel spacers, by torching them out & machining them on his old lathe! He even cut & reversed disc wheels, using an old drum lathe, ted can make almost anything, out of almost anything--------
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I just installed a spacer set with my Lincoln brake setup and '35 Kelsey wire wheels. Actually , the spacers I installed are 1/4 " thick aluminum. They can be obtained from most suppliers now a days.
Hardtimes,

I am confused with your response and concerned you might have the wrong spacer. What you describe sounds like the spacer designed for disc wheels on mechanical drums. Do you have any pictures? See http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/t.../#post-8330045 for a picture of the spacer with the step that you need. You may just be describing the spacer I show but made of aluminum. The Lincoln drums probably have longer studs but 1/4 inch would probably be a problem for most situations.

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I can't give you a source for the spacer but this shows the problem:http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/t.../#post-8330045
Some people just grind down the raised areas but I hate to see that done. Just for the record I like the wire wheels.

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Charlie, I always prefer original wire wheels over '40s wheels.
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