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Hot Rods They're spelt Radar wheels, prove me wrong

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Holmes Cycles, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Holmes Cycles
    Joined: Dec 25, 2011
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    Holmes Cycles

    Hahaha found a pair of Rad"a"r wheels and cleaned them up real nice. I'd use them but they are 5x5.5 so they'll be swap meets or wall hangers. They cleaned up real nice after blasting them. They have Felco Mold #1 on them, so not sure if they made them and called them 'Radar' or what, pretty weird. Aluminum middle, steel hoop, gotta be around mid 60s IMG_20190327_195015376.jpeg IMG_20190327_190831961.jpeg IMG_20190327_190836986.jpeg IMG_20190327_190844804.jpeg

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  2. E0E11A44-90FD-4BCD-AEE5-01F7CF9BA34C.jpeg Originals were made by MT and spelled Rader.
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  3. Radar first then remarketed as Radir later. Are your wheels riveted together, early Radars had a problem with the rivets coming loose.
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  4. belair
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  5. 28dreyer
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
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    from Minnesota

    Spelled, spelled, lol.
  6. VonWegener
    Joined: Nov 19, 2009
    Posts: 782


    Radir wheels have nothing to do with the 60s wheels. They are an invention of the 1990s and wisely chose the Rad "I" r spelling to avoid copyright issues.
    The earliest ads I have ever seen spelled the name Rad 'E' r wheels. It made sense as the inventor of the wheel was German and Rader with an umlaut -the little dots above the letter - is the german word for wheels. When this changed to Rad 'A' r or whether Radar is another way to circumvent copyright laws I do not know.
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  7. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    One of the first street "mags"producers. ^^^ Go there and scroll to the Richard Rader interview for real facts, from the owner of the company. Barris & Mickey are mentioned as far as involvement with Raders.
  8. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,800


    In the Mysterion book, there is section as to the history of these wheels. They were made in three varieties of ribs. One rib as above, two ribs (one on each side of the spoke) and three ribs (a combo of the first two). Most of the ones that I have seen over the years have been of the 14" versions.
  9. I had a set of these on my '61 Impala bubble top in the mid '60s.......they had M/T spinners on rims with aluminum them at a speed shop near Boston. (See the pix on the 327 thread this week)
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  10. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 4,284

    Marty Strode

    Didn't the MT Radars have 3 ribs on the spokes ?
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  12. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
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    Some had flat spokes, and some were sold through Sears Roebuck.

    M T 2.jpg M T 3.jpg M T Box 1.jpg Rader 3.png Rader 4.png
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  13. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,722


    A friend has similar down here in the 70s, marketed as Dragway, however the were chromed steel, inners and outers, and riveted together like these.

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