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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by madfish, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. madfish
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    Okay, I'm trying to figure this out. Is this a Model A wheel cut down to 16" or is it Model A Centers cut to fit a 16" rim, or...?

  2. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,148


    Not a model A?
  3. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,560


    Sort of looks like the back is part of a 16 inch with the way the spokes in back are but the front spokes look like an A adapted to fit a 16 incher?
  4. madfish
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    Looks like I get to answer my own question. I did some research and actually found these are model A wheels cut down to 16". Back then it probably cost more to cut them down then buy 16" wires. Go figure. Here's a pair unrestored.

    cut down.jpg
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  5. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,718

    from Oregon

    Yes I just seen some on a web page. As ND they are stated as Model A .
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,547


    I bought a pair a few years ago at Hershey, as you have guessed the welding to the rim was not the best. Bob
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,200


    I could really see the stock Stock Model A guys who tour a lot doing that to keep the stock look with 16's rather than use 35 wires like this one did. Even though I like this look a lot. IMG_8118 (2).JPG
  8. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
    Posts: 241


    Or you can go one better with 15" reversed rims on 32 - 35 centres. A lot of work, but raises the odd eyebrow.
  9. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,538


    For many years Model A tires were not available but Ford used 16" tires on pickups until at least 1956 so people put the 16" rims on the model A centers.

    Garpo, which 15" rims were used?

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