Santa wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas and my wish list included new wheel rims. I was thinking there were a couple of places that made new non-demountable rims. A check of the Model T Times from the "other" club showed two locations for McClaren rims. One has an address in Grand Haven, MI and the other in Cheboygan, MI. Is the father-son or ??? I thought I had seen a story in the Model T Times, in the last year or so, about someone else who was making rims. So far, I haven't found it. Can someone help me out with contact info on rim manufacturers?
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Thanks William! That was one of the websites I found. The other was www.americanvintagerims.com I thought maybe John was the dad and Mark was his son???
Coker tire also sells clincher rims -- but I do not know if they make them or purchase them from someone else. See: http://store.cokertire.com/rims/clincher-beaded-edge-rim-2.html?adjclear=true or http://store.cokertire.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=clincher+rim&x=23&y=17
Thanks Hap! I've watched as others have been installing new wheels on their cars and have decided that's the way to go. The biggest thing I see is that the new ones run straight and they're tight plus they seem to be excellent quality. After decades of service, my old wheels (the rear ones) are "clicking" as I drive. New rims will also eliminate the problem of sharp edges that can cut a tire bead.
I've been told that the new rims are not as thick metal as originals.
John turned the rim business over to his son. I bought some rims from the son recently. Paid for them in Hershey, had them at my doorstep approx. 7 days later. Very nice quality.
Vern, I would think clicking wheels would relate to loose wood rather than loose rims. Just a thought.
I found the article I was thinking about in the "Model T Times", Jan-Feb 2009 issue, page 36 & 37. His name is Al McRoberts in Harrietta, MI. It doesn't say he makes wood wheel rims. It talks about him making adjustable spoke wire wheels for the Model T. I am assuming he buys the rims and dimples them but don't know for sure. There is contact info in the article for him but I figured I'd wait until after the holidays.