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Technical You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by flynbrian48, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. Chappy444
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    On a positive note:
    It was the back and not the front
    It wasnt on a busy freeway or busy in town 4 lane
    You were able to recover the wheel (if it was me it would have rolled to the nearest deep water hole)
    Damage appears to be minimal and mostly out of sight
    No one was hurt
    Experience gained, new story to tell.
    Someone once said "no one enjoys adventures when they are happening"
    Glad you are safe
    Chappy
     
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  2. JackdaRabbit
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    Excellent post title, Brian

    The only time I lost a wheel I didn't get to see it outrun me, it just flopped over on it's side as I pulled up to a red light... after going 60. Way lucky!
     
  3. Nobey
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    I'm just glad you're here to write the story.....
     
  4. Engine man
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    Are sandals traditional?
     
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  5. Engine man
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    Could be much worse. It could have happened to me!
     
  6. NashRodMan
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    You're lucky. That happened to me in my 38 Plymouth coupe at 60 mph and the full poly tank hit the ground, caught fire and burnt the car to the ground. While I was trying to get out the wheel when rolling by me like nothing happened! Lol
     
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  7. Brian;
    How did you keep your foot off the brakes & not blow out you wheel cylinder???
    I came close on my vette while going around a curve I felt the rear of the car wanting switch ends. I stopped thinking I had a low or flat tire only to find the wheel loose & about to come off. Tire shop dummies had not tightened the K O to torque specs.
    You need one of those flat scissor type of a jack ,if you are going to carry a jack.
     
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  8. LM14
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    I was wrong, see post #74. I had It backwards!

    You sure they are on the correct sides? I was taught when doing knockoffs on sprint cars: "Right is right and left is wrong". Right side is normal right hand thread and left side is left hand thread.

    We pulled to the back of the car on each side to loosen center nuts. Pulled towards the front on each side to tighten them.

    Educate/correct me if I'm wrong. I WAS WRONG!!!

    SPark
     
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  9. 270283
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    They go past traditional and all the way back to biblical!
     
  10. lost a wheel on my dragster trailer that bounced about 100 ft in the air before leaving the hiway and we never found it.....Ug ..............
    Glad your ok Brian and damage looks minimal, better than maximal..............
     
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  11. belair
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    Wow. Glad you're all ok. And wear long pants and shoes.
     
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  12. The Angel of Hotrodding was on your shoulder - that could have been really bad! I do like the idea of safety wires - have seen them on a few race cars (for good reason it appears). Thank God you're here to tell this little story . . .
     
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  13. Beanscoot
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    "And that wheel that comes off always passes you..........always!"

    Cars and their tires are designed this way, so you know when a wheel comes off.
     
  14. 'Easy way to tell if the knock off spinners are on right. To TIGHTEN them - hammer them toward the FRONT of the car. To LOOSEN them - hammer them toward the REAR of the car.

    Glad you got off easy. I had that happen on an Austin Healey one time. It ain't funny.
     
  15. I would assume to tighten the knock offs would be clockwise on the drivers side and counter clockwise on the passenger side.
     
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  16. flynbrian48
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    Damn right! It's 95 here!


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  17. blowby
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    Lol, great title. Lost a front on my Vette, it rolled through an intersection, into and through a thorn hedge and splashed into a swamp on the other side. I found an old matress, laid it over the hedge and fished the wheel out with a long branch.
     
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  18. flynbrian48
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  19. That IS backwards! The left handed threaded hubs go on the left side if the car. The right handed hubs go on the right side of the car. Otherwise, they will definitely unscrew themselves. Having had British cars in the past with wire wheels, I can attest to this.
     
  20. Stogy
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    Good tech article developing here Lugnuts, Knock Offs and Sandals...;)

    Glad you both are Ok...
     
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  21. Kiwi 4d
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    Kenny Rogers #1 hit strikes again.
    At least to a certain extent the hot rod gods were looking after you Brian.
     
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  22. Speedwrench
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    Not a bad idea,but then it looks like a Cobra kit car.
     
  23. Speedwrench
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    A thought on wheel hammers. You might try a soft faced dead blow hammer. It would give you enough momentum to insure a solid blow without marring the wingnut.

    Just a thought.
     
  24. Atwater Mike
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    Only back from when we were 'Beatniks'. Happy Fathers' Day, Brian. Glad you're O.K.
    ...and I LOVE those wires on the '34! So...Criss-cross the hubs and keep with it!
    (maybe an early scissors jack?)
     
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  25. Hombre
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    You actually don't have to worry about scratching anything with a good "soft" lead mallet built for knock off's. That's the reason you use lead.
     
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  26. CURSED GEARS
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    Sorry it happened to you and your car, but best title for a thread ever!
     
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  27. philo426
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    Same as a dead blow hammer?
     
  28. 6sally6
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    Suckee issue but...........LOVE the title to your post!!!!!!!!!
     
  29. flynbrian48
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    I'm gonna call Dayton wheel tomorrow and ask about the RH, LH thing. It does seem backwards to me, having RH thread hubs and knock offs on the left side and LH threads on the right. The hubs are stamped "R" and "L", the knock off as stamped "Left side", "Right Side", and have "Off" and "ON", with little arrows pointing in the direction to tighten.
     
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  30. LM14
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    I AM WRONG!!! See Post #74 for a correction
    SORRY!

    Think that's backwards.
    SPark
     
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