Chady Atterberry and Ed Emerson were up from Okieland this afternoon and dropped in for a visit. We chewed the fat and I gave them a tour of my junk pile. Ed had this hub with him and wondered if anyone on the forum could identify what wheel it's for.
Might be a hub for a Disteel accesory Model T wheel.
Good guess Eric,would have been mine also.
Chaddy is a STEAM man.........are you working on a conversion Steve?....... LOL
Nope. Chady and our local steam expert, Deiter Mitchell, are both Model T guys too. I like steam stuff, by I already have my hands full with gas powered car and tractor projects. I'll be happy if I can just get a T in shape for touring.
Here is famed Minnesotan, mechanical genius and founder of Thermo King, Frederick McKinley Jones. Photo taken circa1918 - not a Ford but you can see the Disteel wheels.
In case you want to read about Mr. Jones:
When I opened this post the first thing I saw was two old guys looking at me with an open bag on the floor.
The next thing I noticed was a Model T in the background and it was 2:09.
The guy on the left looked like he was a bit chagrined at being interrupted by the camera person and wanted to get back to the T before his mid afternoon nap.
The other guy looked like he was the boss because he had his hands in his pockets and was willing to give orders but would never get them dirty.
But I might be wrong so I guess I canít ID anything!
The hub does look like Disteel but is different than the ones I have. I've attach pictures of large and small drum rears along with a front. The 3 lug nuts actually go through the holes on the retaining(reinforcing) ring and are flaired so that when you remove the ring the lugs stay with it. Poor photography on my part, but on the front hub it is raised in the area next to the backing plate with the lugs. Not a straight cut as yours appear to be.
The three lug hubs that I have came bolted to a set of 30x3 wire spoke wheels. These wheels came as part of the package when I purchased my 16 Monroe roadster at Chickasha several years ago. I have a picture of a Monroe with very similar wheels, but they have six bolt lugs. Three of my wheels are in very good condition, but the fourth is a little bit iffy. I would like to find a better one, but don't know exactly what I'm looking for. Ed Emerson
Eddy, Wheels can be rebuilt. John McLaren may be able to do it as can some motorcycle shops. I'm sure there are probably other places also and that might be a better alternative. Finding another matching wheel like what you have described may not be easy.
Maybe we should ask these guys!