Wondering who sells the shims used to tighten loose spokes used on a 21" wheel?
If you feel you must,they can be cut out of pop cans, Best to rebuild a loose wheel.
I would personally rebuild with new spokes. Much safer and cheaper in the long run.
I have hundreds and hundreds of them, built out of steel, don't use tin. If you are ever in Colorado I would donate enough to do your wheels. I understand that the ones I have were originally intended to be used as some kind of shim in more modern cars.
Old wood that's deteriorated enough to get loose isn't going to get any better with shims. I agree with Jack and Peter. New wood is the way to go.
I made a set out of valve spring shims.
Very dangerous "Band-Aid" - best to re-spoke.
OH OH the sky is falling. Look out every one is going to die. New spokes are better, but lets not carried away.
Better put your hard hat on, Dave.
Nobody drives their T at 20mph anymore - do you ? Common sense would dictate that if the spokes are loose enough to require shims, there is a problem or cause for them to have become loose - loose wheel = unsafe driving conditions.
What is your "peace of mind" worth ?
Tight is tite shimmed or not. I have three that are shimmed and have been for over 30k and still tight. I drive 30 to 35 as a stock T was designed to be driven. KGB
We're talking black era here. For a 1926 Ford you can buy all new spokes for five wheels for well under $400. Rewooding those wheels takes some work, but it ain't brain surgery. Most people can manage it.
Sure, when a wheel fails it may be no big deal. On the other hand it just may be a very big deal. Why risk it by riding on cobbled-up junk?
I love my junk! KGB
Good for you Keith,
I am weary of the grannys that make this such an issue...I have driven so many *loose* wheels without problem...eventually tightened them with shims. Got tired of the clacking noise.
I'll side with Keith and Dave, to some extent. Just because spokes have shrunk a bit and are slightly loose, that's not a good reason to replace them. They can be shrunk a bit in length without being unsound (meaning soft, rotten, or punky). If the wood is still good and hard, those wheels are candidates for shimming.