1915 Wood wheels Question

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2005: 1915 Wood wheels Question
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Theodore Harbourt on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:11 pm:

The wheels I have are garbage. They are demountable rims and the wood I don't trust.
1. Are the wheels the same size for all four wheels. I have been told 30x3 on the fronts and 30x3.5 on rear, but is that tire size or rim size
2. Is there anyone who has good wheels I can buy or someone who makes new wood parts.
3. I don't want demountable rims for my restoration besides the hubs are any of the parts usefull on the ones I have.
4. What changes occured with wheels from 1915 to 1925?

sorry for so many questions


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:45 pm:

30x3 on the fronts and 30x3.5 on rear is the tire size.

Rims are 24X3 front and 23X3.5 rear. There should not be any demountable rims.

Lots of vendors make new wheels, you have to supply them with your hubs. Look in the part supplier link on the home page.

Good used wheels are hard to find and almost as expensive as new ones.

wheel


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By steven miller on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:52 pm:

if your car is canadian the tire size is 30 x 3.5 on all 4.
steve


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 09:04 pm:

I just looked at your picture Theodore. Is that the car Mark Freimiller was selling a couple years ago? The wheels are 1919 or later I'm afraid.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker on Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 08:24 am:

Theodore,

Nice looking T – needs a little work – but looks much better than what many folks start out with. If you have a chance please look and see if it has a body number and/or body maker letter on it. See http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/40322.html

If you want to drive the car much – I would recommend have the demountable wheels rebuilt. By the way the driver’s front appears to be a Kelsey rim. You need to check and make sure that it is mounted on a Kelsey wheel. See: http://mtfca.com/encyclo/U-Z.htm#wheels for a listing of the different demountable 30 x 3 1/2 rims used 1919-1926 and which were and which were not compatible with which wheels. The rim will fit any wheel but only certain wheels correctly/safely.

If you want to have a show car – and a driver – recommend you rebuild the demountables for driving and when you get to a show that the points make a difference – put the correct style wheels on the car.

Note, if you are going for the “show car” the later front hub such as the one in your driver’s side demountable wheel (if original to the wheel) is NOT the correct one for the 1915-16 cars. See: http://mtfca.com/encyclo/U-Z.htm#fwhubs Most folks don’t care – and the later hub is a stronger hub and will work in the non-demountable wheels.

. Good luck with your car (which if the horn button on the steering column is original to it, I would estimate to be a late 1915 to 1916 (see Jim Cook’s Oh Henry at: http://www.geocities.com/jncsnc/ click on the “Oh Henry Link” which was a sold in Oct 1915 and is a very early 1916 Model year )– but if you based it on the wheels it would be a 1919 or later – so like many of our cars – it has a few parts from different years – that is normal). There are a ton of postings on the 1915-16 cars – you can use the search feature of this site to pull them up. Click on the “Key Word search icon,” fourth from the right at the top of any posting page

From your profile, you have not been posting before, but you have two Ts listed. Welcome aboard. If you do not already have a good background on Model Ts and where the local club is etc. -- just let us know and we can help get you connected. For sure Bruce McCalley’s excellent book “The Model T Ford” will answer 80 % of your “what came from the factory on this year of T” type of questions. See: http://www.mtfca.com/clubpages/book.htm There are a thousand questions that just having someone with a little more experience with Ts can really save you a lot of time and make it more fun.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC.


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