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smoothie rim center not welded

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chevyfordman, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 816


    I have a smoothie steel rim on my roadster that I have been running for years and 20k miles. I started to get a vibration in the front end, figured it was a tire going bad so I bought a new set of tires. Well, I still had the vibration so I checked the run out and the rim was real bad. I don't remember hitting anything so when I looked at it close, I could see where the center had moved. Checked the other wheel and noticed the center was welded in four places. The shaky wheel wasn't welded so I hammered it back and tack welded the center and did a run out and it was true so I finished welding it but I haven't had it out for a test run. How that rim ever got out of the factory without being welded is something.
  2. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,326

    seb fontana
    from ct

    You is one lucky boy....
  3. No shit he's lucky...

    How about the liability for the company that sold the rim? wowzers!!

    Just goes to show you that just because you bought it...don't mean its any good.
  4. ev88f
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
    Posts: 371


    Holy shit! Lucky you spotted it before it flew off in a turn or something
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  5. dano1930
    Joined: Feb 10, 2013
    Posts: 58


    my dad had a buddy in his hotrod club who had a set of cragers and the center came out of the rim and wrote the car off, you are one lucky guy thats for sure!
  6. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john
    Member must have an angel looking after you...
  7. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,355


    Wow. Somebody likes you!

  8. I have seen the rivets break and have the center come out of a tractor wheel. I was only going 2mph so no issue we pressed it back in and welded it. never have I seen a car wheel do that.

    count your blessings.
  9. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,857

    from Hampsha

    Ford VS Massey Elimination run? 1/16th mile?
  10. ^ personal experience. 6 miles from home before cell phones I had a good long walk.
  11. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    20,000 miles???????????????????????
    Youre Guardian Angel deserves a nice vacation. And a drink!
    I had the hub separate on a 65 Chevy pickup rim once and it got hairy fast.
    That was due to a non-car friend tightening the wheel though and it took a couple of weeks. Go across, not around kinda thing.
  12. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,855


    That's the Grace of God right there!!
  13. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,336

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Somebody has to say it :D Pictures or it never happened :) .
  14. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    How did they balance the second set of tires????

    Your guardian angel is real tired about now
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 591

    from Oregon

    never drive faster than your angel can fly
  16. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,622

    from Burton, MI

    That's what I was thinking? Need to find a more qualified tire technician.
  17. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 816


    I guess they will still balance o.k., but when I went down the road, you could see the tread moving back and forth at least a half inch. I don't think pics would show much as the center moved about a 1/32 of an inch which was pretty hard to see without a magnifier glass. But I do count this as a blessing for sure. I see that it has happened to a lot of people, I know that I will look at rims a lot closer from now on. Thanks for all the comments guys.
  18. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,238


    The newer tire machines grip the rim, not the hub hole don't they?
    It's likely this unwelded wheel never would have got past the tire machine if an old machine was used!!!

    Buy a few lottery tickets while your luck is running this good!!! ;) :D
  19. jrstockwagon
    Joined: Sep 3, 2009
    Posts: 92


    my buddy had this happen on his chevelle with a new set of cragers, the right rear rim came completely off during an autocross, but the center was still on the car. it was never welded either. everyone, go crawl under your car and make sure your wheels are welded.
  20. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 5,803

    big duece
    from kansas

    Its amazing you were able to travel on the Missouri highways without it coming apart. Those highways are like a battle field.

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