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STEEL WHEEL Pic thread: (These puppies get pricey in a hurry)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Buzznut, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. jefscoupe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 294


    Here's my Wheel Vintique Gennies.
    I got out today and tried my hand at pinstriping the wheels with my Beugler.
    I made up a stand to set on the floor to hold the striping tool next to the wheel mounted on the front axle.
    I gave the wheel a spin and noticed the surface of the wheel where I want the stripe is not flat. It has high and low areas because it's stamped.
    I wasn't counting on that...
    So, my rig would hit the high spots and not the low or dig in on the high spots.
    I pulled the striper tool out of the holder and tried just holding it and using my hand as a guide against the inside rim of the wheel.
    It's hard to keep it straight. On the arc of that surface, the paint wheel wants to wander. Then it doesn't match up with the start.
    I got one try pretty good, but after several tries and having to wipe the stripe off, it ate through the black. Now I have to repaint the center of that wheel. The line you see on the wheel center is where the black has been wiped off, not a painted stripe. Looks like I hazed the rest of the center too with the mineral spirits I used to remove the white paint.

    The outer stripe I did by hand using the outer rim of the wheel as a guide.
    It came out nice.

    I'll practice some more and try different things to get a good procedure that works for me.
    Maybe instead of tightening the holder solidly, keep it loose so it will follow the irregularities but snug enough that it stays straight.

    Letting the striper float did the trick.
    I went back out and tried it.


    Plus, with this set up I can do them anywhere (a parking lot, driveway etc.) even with the tire on.

    The last issue now is accurate placement and spacing.
    These, I just "eyeballed".
  2. GAB-KC
    Joined: May 1, 2008
    Posts: 46


    Here is a pic of one of a set that I built for a track roadster. 15 x 8's and 15 x 5's using new blank rims and 1/4" plate centers. The knock offs are functional. It was a fun project and I am pleased with the results.

  3. knoxbrendon
    Joined: Feb 9, 2012
    Posts: 92


    Love these covers what are they?
  4. EXracer64
    Joined: Dec 7, 2011
    Posts: 228

    from nj

    Wheel vintiques and towel city Tires

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app

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  5. el diablo
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 229

    el diablo
    from Norco CA

    I have an original set of 15" ford wheels for my shoebox. The centers are too small for my new rear end so now I have to open up the centers of all the wheels as well as blast, powder coat, beauty rings, lug nuts and then wrap in some www.... Yeah not cheap.
  6. Vintage Soul
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 68

    Vintage Soul

    Think I paid around a 100 a piece for mine out here in LA theres a bit of a hoarding problem..ha

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  7. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    16X4" fronts w/ 5.50's and 16X4.5" rears w/ 7.50's.

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    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 591

    from Oregon

    The old stock wheels, spray bomb brown.
    New shoes. wheelsmiths chrome centers with a custom mix schatt brown metallic sprayed on.
  9. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

    I picked these up for my newest build,pain in the ass find caps to fit the clips.1948-49 Chrysler rims W/ late 40 Oldsmobile caps.

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  10. hotrodderhaag
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 2,127


    heres my combo.. still need trying to figure out a color to paint them. im not painting the car.

  11. jefscoupe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 294


    At least hit them with some rust-oxide primer.:D
  12. 05snopro440
    Joined: Mar 15, 2011
    Posts: 84


    Wheel Vintiques artilleries, all custom-made reversed with custom offsets. 15x8 and 15x10. Repro GMC caps modified to fit these wheels.


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  13. SmokinBill
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 786


    Impala 409 steelies, 14x7 w/Hurst Racing cheaters
  14. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,999


    The attraction of steelies for me is that they look understated, unpretentious. Custom wheels or hubcaps sometimes look like they're saying, "Look at me! Look how much money I spent!" -- which certainly may be true, but I'd prefer not to broadcast it.

    I think that the paint color choice is very important. Painting the wheels to match the body usually looks nice, and it's often possible to choose a color that is complementary to the car's body color but not the same. At one time white steelies with black tires implied a competition look, but people with that inclination now seem to prefer black paint. Personally, I only like black wheels & tires on a black car, and even then I think they need caps and rings to look finished.
  15. JakeDW
    Joined: Sep 30, 2012
    Posts: 580

    from Missouri

    15x7 Vintique smoothy 48 cap


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  16. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Why not let the wheels age as well?
  17. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    I run strictly steel wheels and dog-dish hubcaps.

    My biggest investment in steel wheels is time. As someone mentioned earlier in the thread, the junkyards are out of the good steel wheels. All you can get now are the hole-ridden, weird-offset FWD wheels that hide behind plastic hubcaps.

    It took me months to find a complete set of 14" 4-lug steel wheels for my Falcon. It took me years to complete a set of 14" 5-lug steel wheels for my wife’s Falcon. And it took me a decade to find a complete set of 15" steel wheels for my Camaro (and then I sold it less than a year after I put them on).

    I was astounded when my Rambler came with a complete set of 14" steelies, plus an extra two for snow tires.

    My Studebaker also has a complete set of 15" steel wheels, but they’re a wonky four-lug pattern and since brake upgrades are in the distant future, I think I need to start haunting the junkyards and Craigslist to find a set of ‘80s 15" Crown Victoria steel wheels before the scrappers get them all.
  18. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,496

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Ha!!! My buddy Panel Pete hooked me up with four free 15" 5 x 4x.5" steelies. Two 15x4 skinny steely rollers and two 15x6(??) Mopar steelies because he was tired of seeing my stupid Valiant on flat tires. :D

    Steel wheels are everywhere... Until you're looking for them, then they're impossible to find. :p

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  19. tobyflh
    Joined: Nov 5, 2008
    Posts: 421

    from Peru il

    I just screwed up, last swamp meet I was going to buy a set of 4 16" early ford wheels for $40. I waited to long to go back and get them and the guy was gone. I'll never see that deal again.
  20. p15-1948
    Joined: Sep 10, 2010
    Posts: 43


    Like that Oldsmobile!!!
  21. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    there are always going to be those that can find a buddy deal or get lucky and those that have media blasters or paint set ups For more populated areas, the swaps are getting thinner and thinner, especially for specific sizes or styles. 16x4 (40 ford) are getting expensive, Merc rims (16x5) even more. I am finding the chevy 15" rim for 49-54 models are getting more money all the time. finding clean undamaged examples takes more and more time.

    To media blast and paint (not rattle can) cost money if you do not have the equipment. even the cost of mounting and Balance has gotten to be over $100 a set now. $100 per rim when done is hard to do.

    I gave up and bought a set of aftermarket steelies a few weeks ago after trying to find a nice set of 15x4 or 5" and 15x6 (5x4.5 pattern) that will accept an early cap
  22. Frank32
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 133


    Always been a fan of steel wheels

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  23. Fedman
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,163


    I have them on my Truck.
  24. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,897

    from Drag City

    Well said :)
  25. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,897

    from Drag City

    Who ever gave this thread low ratings is, well..................
  26. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,897

    from Drag City

    The blue '64 Ford & the white '64 Nova own me !
  27. dubcee
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 486


    Boones you need to ask brother! I have 2 nos 50 ford coupe wheels in the shop!
  28. Chico Kid
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
    Posts: 5

    Chico Kid
    from Chico, Wa.

    15x5 up front and 15x6 in the rear

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