I have a new tube where the stem will not fit through the metal ferrule in the wooden felloe, by a damn long way. The original ferrule measures about 0.500" inside diameter, the new rubber tube stem at the base is measuring nearly 5/8"s. It will only just fit through the wooden felloe without the ferrule fitted!!!
Has anybody encountered this before? Can I gently pare back the rubber on the stem? Or do I just throw a brand new, crap made reproduction part in the bin. I do have a new brass stemmed tube to go if needed, but it bugs me to do that, good money just thrown away.
Any suggestions? Please don't say drill out the ferrule, not enough meat on it to allow the stem...
Here's an earlier thread about this common problem: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/118802/144281.html?1282795951
You can ream out the ferrule and felloe or cut the rubber stem and install a metal stem in the tube.
I've told all the tire companies about this. THEY DON'T CARE! The only thing you can do is to use original metal stems. I've even given them the correct Shrader number from an old Firestone tube.
Iam very familiar with this problem and yes no one cares to do anything about it seems cooker owns everything 'as far as I am concerned if it comes from cooker or universal its for museum not to be driven
I looked into motorcycle tubes I located 23x2.75-300 -[they measure the rim a T rim measures 24inch]--I ordered one and installed it ---looks good the stem is all metal but short I had to use a stem extension!! phone number for motorcycle superstore is 877 688 6872 they were doing free shipping last week . Rich J
Thanks guys, I kind of thought this was where we would be. Last night at the Veteran Car Club meeting we discussed this at length as many cars run 23" tubes.
I was given a lead on a company here in Adelaide that can vulcanise in a new stem, the same as truck tubes. Seems to worth an enquiry at least.
At worst I have a metal stemmed tube I can put in so I can repaint the wheel and get the car ready for the 5 day rally at the end of the month.
GEMPLER'S has valve stems that can be vulcanized using modern tube cement --they didn't stick to the Chinese tubes something a about silicone based rubber if you have a older tube they may stick better!!! phone number -800 382 8473
David, your friendly Rema-Tip stockist can get stick-on rubber valve stems when they order patches etc. You must ask for the long thin ones. Last price was about $12. I have used them with great success on old Olympic butyl rubber tubes.
Allan from down under.
You can find old original metal stems on eBay and at swap meets. They simply bolt in place of the rubber stem, which is cut out with a razor.
They work great and look authentic, because they are!
Allan, great to see you and Nancy last night. I had a ball!!!
Ended up grafting in a TR13 stem. I will how it goes.