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Hot Rods Vintage Torque Thrust vs Brand New

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Blues4U, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. My Torque Thrusts were made in the '60s and say "Made in USA" on the back. I use WENOL on them every couple of years.

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  2. a boner
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    While looking for nice "old" ones, buy and run "new" ones. JMHO
     
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  3. Atwater Mike
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    I had a wife like that...Now I have a perfect one.
     
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  4. Atwater Mike
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    There is paint that gets the exact shade...it's called 'Steel'. (6 oz. spray can)
    My son did my old American TTs on front of my '54 Coupe.
     
  5. 49ratfink
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    there is really only 3 main old car bolt patterns for these old wheels. you should be able to tell just by looking at them.
    close to the center? Ford / Mopar, way out by the edge big Ford, and perfectly set right in the center of both would be GM.

    old ones are better in the same way a 327 is better than an LS motor.
     
  6. Five-on-five was popular also; that's what you'd find on the Olds/Pontiac rears used in the late '50s/60s...

    The big Ford 5.5-on-5 is fairly rare as the banjo rears had fell out of favor about the time alloy wheels started showing up in any numbers.
     
  7. alchemy
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    For rear wheels I think it seems that 90 percent of the old ones are 5 on 5". The 5.5" circle is rarest.
     
  8. 55chieftain
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    I think the new ET wheels look better than the new TTO 20190324_190435.jpg imo
     
  9. deucendude
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    I gave up and bought new tt0's. I machined the missing groove. They look fine. Two weeks later I found a pair of early American 15x6 sport wheels. Why are these the only ones that say "sport wheel"? Always wondered.
     
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  10. deucendude
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    What is the brand of paint?
     
  11. I have to agree. The 'new' TT-O doesn't quite hit the mark. And you can order the ETs with 'old style' shank lug nuts if you wish, although they recommend the taper seats. At least they got rid of those weird oval center caps, the one flaw they had 'back in the day'...
     
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  12. Here's a rough old magnesium American wheel, that I used Rust-oleum Chalked paint on. It helps to keep the corrosion down, and still looks about the same.
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  13. Deuces
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    That almost looks like dupli-color hotrod grey primer......
     
  14. raymay
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    You can't go wrong with the look of a 5 spoke wheel. Bought a newer manufactured set used from a friend over 10 years ago. The gray centers appeared too light so I darkened the color similar to the dark tarnished silver color used on my car. After years and miles of driving, the wheels still look great and I am often complimented on the period look they give to the car.

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