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History Appliance Wheels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mdbomstad, Jul 17, 2008.

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

  2. JimA
    Joined: Apr 1, 2001
    Posts: 4,805


    Originally they were made at the Appliance Chrome Shop in Gardena, CA- late fifties through the '60s.
  3. DenverDave
    Joined: Nov 8, 2007
    Posts: 564

    from Denver, CO

    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.

  4. Toymaker
    Joined: Mar 26, 2006
    Posts: 3,903

    from Fresno,CA

    wheelkid's dad (Gary) can answer all your questions.
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  5. Landmule
    Joined: Apr 14, 2003
    Posts: 451


    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.
  6. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,608


    I had a set of aluminum slots. They were heavy too compared to American Racing or ET.

    The Appliance stots had recessed lug holes.
  7. 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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  8. Anyone have old 60's car magazines? please check for any advertisments or stories on these wheels.
  9. joeybsyc
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 793

    from PA

    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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  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 20,956


    Their chrome steel five spokes were famous for rusting even way back when. Usually sold as a low buck alternative to Cragers.
  11. 1badnov
    Joined: Sep 28, 2007
    Posts: 548

    from South Bay

    These are Appliance smoothies, that I had new hoops put on.
  12. aceuh
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
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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.:D
  13. Carguy365-24-7
    Joined: Mar 25, 2006
    Posts: 910


    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......
  14. v194
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 116

    from The South

    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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  15. v194
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
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    from The South

    Not sure if I checked "Instant Notification?"
  16. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,484


    I had a set of slots, still have some center caps. Don't know much else... seem like good rims.
  17. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
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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.
  18. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 719


    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.
    Mickey C. from the bayou
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  19. v194
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
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    from The South

    These wheels are cast not welded.
  20. tonys18t
    Joined: Dec 18, 2007
    Posts: 57


    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.
  21. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,501

    from Hypocrisy

    I would kill for a set for my Capri. As it is I have a set of NOS Cragars I'm going to use.
  22. inZane240
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
    Posts: 10

    from Lodi

    Ive got these stashed away at home. You can easily see the differences between cragars, even though they share the same basic design.
  23. tonys18t
    Joined: Dec 18, 2007
    Posts: 57


    :) I bought a set of Cragars for my 72 Capri a couple of years ago ( Mk1 with a 302 and Tremec 5 speed ) found some NOS 13x7s and 13x5.5 still in the boxes.

    Havent seen the 13 inch A's in 20 years:(
  24. pprather
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 421


    Appliance also had wire wheels in the '70's. This set has been mounted since 1976 and have nearly 120k miles on them. Still true and easy to balance.

  25. Cut55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,981

    from WA

    Apparently that room was cold.
  26. Cut55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,981

    from WA

    My wheel restorer told me that the wheels on the back of my '55 are late '60s Appliance Torq Thrust copies. (Fronts are real TTs.)

  27. Hello. I am new here as of today. I found this site by Googling an AP wheel inquiry.

    Strange as it may seem, I worked for the company thought bought Appliance Wheel Industries in the early 1980's from W.R.Grace. Grace owned it for a short while really. (They had NO business in the wheel or any performance industy product, as they were from the "food industry" if memory serves me correctly).

    In 1981, I worked for a company that ran Keystone and Appliace Wheels, called Intermark, which created a sub holding company called "Dynamark". Keystone and Appliance were "merged" and product lines merged (a mistake for sure!), and I had my first taste of corporate "downsizing" in a takeover!

    Yes, some wheels from AP actually say "W.R.Grace Made in Japan", which I believe were the training grounds for Enkei Wheels to learn the "volume" we did in the states. They had learned of the volume first hand by doing our castings over there. Keystone was the best at plating, and AP had been the best in styling.

    Appliance was a great company. Keystone was a great company, but they were now run by a company that was a "numbers only" place. Wheel saavy people had a hell of a time with this structure for sure, me included.

    I had sold wheels in the "Valley" of So Cal at a very high volume wheel and tire speed shop, and knew from experience what it took to sell and install wheels!

    We had also been one of the largest Western Wheel Dealers at the time (1976 to 1980), it was called Autocessories Wholesale at 8801 No. Sepulveda Blvd., Sepulveda (but everyone knew us as Van Nuys).

    Today, I find used AP wheels in various places and have them restored. People always ask me "what are those?" as I have them polished and detail painted. I use a lot of what they called a "Turbo-Vec" which was AP's "knock off" of American Racing's "Vector".

    I really enjoyed growing up in the wheel and tire part of the aftermarket industry.

    I have worked for some other great company's in their day... Super Shops, and BF Goodrich when it was BF Goodrich, not Michelin owned!

    Sorry for the LONG post, but I feel that someone should know the actual "what the "f" happened" to these great company's.

    Thanks for your time.

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  28. Verminator
    Joined: Mar 27, 2007
    Posts: 806


    Had a set of the Appliance 5 spoke cragar styles on a 69 Montego convert..14x7 deep dish. tough to keep up on the rust, but the nice thing was no mag nuts -- they were stamped steel centers and used stock type tapered lug nuts.
  29. Lunatic
    Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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    from Carson,Ca.


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  30. lanny haas
    Joined: Nov 1, 2008
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    lanny haas
    from Phoenix AZ

    WIll be getting rid of these, going to go with steel wheels.... Chrome smoothies maybe.

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