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History Halibrand Wheels: The Original Mag

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,077

    from oregon

    How about some Halibrand love.
  2. Amazing Ted was brave enuf to melt this stuff! Magnesium is really dangerous stuff. Have always run aluminum Appliance mags on the rear of my Willys. Found a set of 8.5x15 Halibrands in the swap meet at a CHRR and bought them. Ran them for about a year, raw for a while then polished. Was great while it lasted but WAY too much maintenance so I took them off and will sell on Ebay.
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  3. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,463


  4. 20170526_154512.jpg I guess they're OK, if you like that sort of stuff... Mine turned a funny gray and are so light, they feel kinda chincy. Not like those "fancy" aluminum mags that everyone uses. :rolleyes:;)

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  5. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,648

    from NKy

    I ran a set on my 32 for years , shiny as a new minted dime when polished . A dog pissed 3 blocks away and my wheels were green ! Long gone but not forgotten . If I had to do it all over they would still be on the car green as grass !

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  6. PONTNAK123
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
    Posts: 471


  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,564

    from Michigan

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  8. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,704


    He's had one of those, with some of those on it!
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  9. 4port Willy
    Joined: Feb 11, 2018
    Posts: 25

    4port Willy

    1 shot Frank
    Looking for a set of 15x12 15x13 halibrands working on a 41 all steel Willy’s have widened and flared the fenders instead of tubing ,couldn’t cut up a perfect trunk the 15x10 I have are to skinny for the tires needed to fill the fenders
  10. I will look to see what I got. Frank
  11. 4port Willy
    Joined: Feb 11, 2018
    Posts: 25

    4port Willy

    Thanks Frank for the quick response
  12. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,192

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from SoCal

    I ran Hal magnesium knockoffs on my '23 and enjoy having my weekends back to build rather than polish.
  13. 4port Willy
    Joined: Feb 11, 2018
    Posts: 25

    4port Willy

    Frank have you had a chance to have a look for those halibrands 15x12 or13
    Might be interested in one of you quick change rear end complete
  14. Carlos Everhard
    Joined: Jan 27, 2016
    Posts: 14

    Carlos Everhard

    by Any chance does anyone have a set of halibrand 16x10" or 16x 11" magnesium wheels for sale..? including/or/and front kidney bean wheels or spoke? or if you know anyone who would be willing to part with a set. thank you
  15. The ones on my '50 Ford will be for sale in the near future, I bought the car but not the wheels.

    The fronts are 14" and the rears are 15".HRP

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  16. There was (is) a guy in Tulare or Visalia Calif who specialized in vintage Haliband mags. He usually has several ads on ebaY for mag sets. I just looked but didn't see none of his ads. Keep looking there, he should show up again. he had at least one sea-train full of wheels and just a couple months ago I remember seeing him advertise to get more wheels for his inventory.
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  17. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,470

    from Essex, Ma.

    image.jpeg 15x6, 15x7 Americans
  18. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,077

    from oregon

    Porterville, guys name is Greg, he is a dreamer.

    His ads show his phone number.
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  19. Of course I should have remembered that. Porterville is my home town. Born in Sierra View, Grew up in Fountain Springs, went to Ducor grammar school, Porterville High, Porterville college. Blame it on my Partzheimer's!!!
  20. ModelARon
    Joined: Jun 14, 2017
    Posts: 191


    Here is a set that came with a car i bought.
    The center cap threads onto the wheel.
    It reads Halibrand Engineering . Is this the same company?
    Has any one have info about these wheels? IMG_1618.JPG
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  21. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,012


    Halibrand five-spokes were a 1990's or early 2000's thing, produced in Kansas. They are actually kind of rare and didn't sell many compared to the other style wheels they made.
  22. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    Greg Shelton is his name and although he starts out asking stupid money for a lot of his stuff he will negotiate. When he put a pair of genuine ex Larry Huff "Soapy Sales" Donovan valve covers up on ebay a couple of years back I called and told him that he was out of his mind regarding what he wanted for them. I offered to trade a pair of 16 x 11 Halibrands for them as I needed the valve covers for my Huff/Don Long dragster restoration. He said that he would rather have the $ and a bit over a year later I purchased the covers for less than a third of his original ask (and less than what the wheels were worth on the open market).

  23. I have a set of 15 inch Speedways, I don,t see them being used? Kind of like the looks of them. Sort of like Kidney Beans. I bought Mine when the manufacture was in Kansas,That is I hope they were and not from the old country!
    Anyway I like the look of them.
  24. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,077

    from oregon

    Not necessarily rare but you're right, not seen nearly as often as the Sprints.
    These are 16x8's, fronts are 16x7's, they came with a plastic Halibrand center logo that you would peel and stick on the center cap, looked a little cheesy, I machined the raised ring on the cap face and repolished them.

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  25. ollucky4848
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 153


    Hi, Do you still have the Halibrand 5 spoke with gray centers ?? I'm looking for a set of 15x6 or 15x7 5 on 4 3/4.
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  26. blackout78666
    Joined: Jul 3, 2009
    Posts: 583


    All the wheels I have are 6 pin. I may have a pair but they would need to be plugged and redrilled.
  27. andyapplegate
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 74


    image.png Not mine, but too kool!
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  28. 6A51D3FD-7B3F-4CC3-BD0A-AE22DD663B26.jpeg Back in the mid 80’s, I had a set of small window skinny 16’s on the Frt of my 77 Ford truck and 15x8 small window on the back; total cash outlay was less than $500——that’s all they were worth at the time. Around 2005, Halibrand could be bought directly from the maker thru eBay. Your winning bid secured your set——I won a set of 15x4 1/2 & 15 x 7 with my choice of backspacing and bolt pattern shipped to Texas from Richard LeJuerne(spelling may be incorrect) for approx $1,000. Those days are gone!
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  29. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 658

    from Texas

    What I liked most about them is you could set broken ones on fire and get a light as bright as an arc welder.
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  30. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,138


    PM me, I might have a pair of 16x10

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