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Old 07-17-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Appliance Wheels

Looking for history about the appliance wheel company. I know they were made in Japan. Who importd them? any info or sources appreciated

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Old 07-17-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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Originally they were made at the Appliance Chrome Shop in Gardena, CA- late fifties through the '60s.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:36 PM   #3
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Here's the set of Appliance mags that I inherited with my old super sport. when I first saw them, I thought they were some kind of Cragar SS knockoffs.


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Old 07-17-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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wheelkid's dad (Gary) can answer all your questions.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:38 AM   #5
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I had a set in the late 70's. They were heavy steel 5 spokes, rusted around the hub area and I was glad to be rid of them.
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:57 AM   #6
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I had a set in the late 70's. They were heavy steel 5 spokes, rusted around the hub area and I was glad to be rid of them.
I had a set of aluminum slots. They were heavy too compared to American Racing or ET.

The Appliance stots had recessed lug holes.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Appliance Wheels

I have been told the early Appliance wheels were made in America. The Apache wheels may be the first cast wheels made by Appliance
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:30 PM   #8
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Anyone have old 60's car magazines? please check for any advertisments or stories on these wheels.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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Appliance made a wide variety of wheels... I believe they WERE originally American made, but later (late 60s/early 70s) they started having their wheels produced in Japan... Ironically, the Japan cast A/P torq thrust style mags are some of the nicest wheels ever made, with castings superior to the real deal Americans they were copying, as well as other US made torq-thrust copies. An easy way to spot an Appliance (A/P) torq thrust is the deeply recessed lug holes, and of course the "Japan" cast in the backside.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:54 PM   #10
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Their chrome steel five spokes were famous for rusting even way back when. Usually sold as a low buck alternative to Cragers.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:07 PM   #11
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These are Appliance smoothies, that I had new hoops put on.

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Old 07-25-2008, 10:51 PM   #12
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These may be newer than what you're looking for, but they're all the Appliance ads that I have on file.

I've got tons of other brand wheel ads scanned.
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:41 AM   #13
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The first set of custom wheels that I ever had were appliance wheels.I bought some used 5 spokes and put them on my '54 chevy pick-up in 1982..They fit in with my wooden running boards , black shag carpet interior,tilt front end and corvette yellow paint job.That truck was stylin back in the day......
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I have been told the early Appliance wheels were made in America. The Apache wheels may be the first cast wheels made by Appliance
Here is an ad for the Apache from Hot Rod 1966.
Sometimes they are confused for the Sting-ray which is a different wheel company all together also included is a vintage ad.
Then there is a photo of them side by side.
I have multiple sets of these wheel in both configurations and ironically live in Spartanburg.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:06 PM   #15
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Not sure if I checked "Instant Notification?"
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:42 PM   #16
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I had a set of slots, still have some center caps. Don't know much else... seem like good rims.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:05 PM   #17
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In my white trash, high school, mullet days - I had a set on a Javelin SST. Never like the car or the wheels. I don't remembet the model, but they kind of look like the General Lee wheels. Ugh.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:24 PM   #18
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Many years ago I was driving a 77 dodge van near Lordsburg New Mexico
that was sporting a set of Appliance mags that resembled Cragar ss wheels. After a mishap on the interstate (if you ever saw the Chevy Chase movie where everyone in the vehicle was sleeping, including the driver you will understand!) when the van stopped flipping all four wheel
centers were still bolted on while the rim hoops and tires rolled merrily down an embankment into a washout never to be seen again. After that
little incident I cringe every time I spot a set on any vehicle. Thankfully
they are not often seen these days. I realise that a rollover accident will
destroy just about any wheel. However I felt the first wheel break and
indeed saw the rim bounce into the air just as business realy picked up.
These were very poorly constructed wheels with small welds holding the rim to the hoop. I would not run them on any vehicle again.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:49 PM   #19
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I have been told the early Appliance wheels were made in America. The Apache wheels may be the first cast wheels made by Appliance
These wheels are cast not welded.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:55 AM   #20
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The 4 spoke 13x7s were literally worth their wieght in gold back in the 90s in England. we'd cruise with them to shows and then take them off for the work week commute.
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