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How do i make steelies wider???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by visualillusions, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. I'm toying with the idea of using some stock steelies on a project... would like to make the rears have more of a dish/wider than the fronts... does any company specialize in doing such a thing?? thanks in advance :)
  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,534


    search for "wheelkid"?
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,245


    Weldcraft is in one of the western suburbs of Detroit. I've had a few done by them with great results and reasonable turnaround.
  4. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
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  5. Twelvizm
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 39


    There's an independent shop in every town that can do it. Keep your money local and support the little guy.
  6. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    Back in the early 60's, us "traditional Hot Rodders" cut rhem in half, put the 2 backsides together and welded them up and put the center back in where we wanted it(backspacing) We did this on the rear end of a Pontiac, with a dial indicator and a homemade tool holder for a cutoff tool. We made a lot of 8" wide wheels.
  7. Redbuddy
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
    Posts: 137

    from Cordova al

    A local machine shop should be able to help you.
  8. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    In the 50s it was common for a hotrodder to install old Ford centers into Buick wider hoops and reverse them for the deeper look.


    I made the rear wheels buy welding Ford centers into 7" hoops. If you are working on 15" rims then they should measure 12 5/8" inside where the 2 pieces were welded or riveted together.


    This is a stock 50 Mercury wheel that has been reversed by some old hotrodder years ago. The center was knocked out and put back in from the other side. The rim is no wider than stock...just reversed to get the deeper look. This can be done in an average garage.


    These 35 wires were professionally widened by cutting the hoop and welding in a band to make it wider. You need a big lathe and is not a home brew type project.


    A normal General jumbo wheel.


    The same wheel that was reversed back in the 50s. They look wider but they are not any wider.
  9. Dave Zapatka
    Joined: Oct 14, 2009
    Posts: 74

    Dave Zapatka

    BIG ! BIG Right ON !!! The little guys needs love too !
  10. Buckster
    Joined: May 3, 2010
    Posts: 230


    I hung around a junkyard during college. The owner's son was a hot rodder. He mounted a wheel on some type of rotating gismo which I was told was originally a wheel balancer. The wheel's axis was vertical.

    He would then mount a cutting torch on an arm & rotated the wheel by hand as it cut away the inner flange section.

    When he placed the new section atop the bottom rim he used that same arm with a coat hanger as a indicator to get the piece aligned with the bottom half.

    Sometimes he would weld another rim cut the same way. That left a huge hump in the middle of the rim but the inner tube was happy after it was ground smooth and wrapped with electrician's tape.

    If that didn't make a wheel wide enough he would get a band rolled. The band welded to the rim & then the inner section attached to the band.

    I think he got $25/wheel to do all this back in the early 60's.
  11. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 666

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    A few years back we had Stockton Wheels widen a set of steelies for our 63 Fairlane. Fair price and pretty quick service.

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