I picked up a Canadian 21" split rim at the Chehalis Swap Meet last weekend that is in need of repair. The rim is good except that it is missing the loop and pin to lock the rim in place. I included a photo of one on the back of my car that needs to be replaced because it is twisted. You can see at the bottom left where the split is and the pin. The latch/pin set up is sort-of like a door hinge, with three interlocking loops and a pin going through the middle. For you fellas who have repaired rims like this, what is the best way to proceed? Thanks.
The rims are steel and if they are bent or twisted you should be able to straighten them without replacing them.
Could you post a closeup of the locking mechanism?
I use 1" wide steel .093-.100 thick depending on availability. Bend over a 5/16 rod then cut the slots 1/4" for "hinge". Drill for 1/4" rivets to mount to rim.
Pin is 5/16 dia 1 inch long, I use stainless.
Sorry my pictures went goodbye with my old computer but many are on this forum. try a keyword search for 'canadian split rim lock' or 'canadian slit rim' ( go back 3000 days)
Here is a Canadian split rim lock from:
The image you posted at 1:24 am shows an incorrect pin ( 1/4 threaded rod ) and rivets (flat head instead of pan head) .. this was for mock-up only
Here is a pic of the rim latch. I apologize for the fuzzyness of it. It was taken late last night.
the lock you pictured is a repaired latch. It will work but is not correct.
Looks to me that with your jack and a block of wood, you should be able to get your spare lined up and latched.
Looks like part of the latch is missing. If you want it to look original, I see no other option than to look for a new latch (that won't be easy) drill out the rivets on the old one and rivet on the new.
But ..... if you just want a functional rim, here's what I've done before. Cut out a piece of mild steel about 3/4" x 2" x 1/8" thick (source: any hardware store, lowes, home depot). Remove the old latch by drilling out the rivets. Rivet or weld 1/2 of your new piece to one side of the split, drill a hole through the other 1/2 and the rim. Feed a bolt with a ground smooth head as shown below. The spliced in piece can be hammered into a curve to match the rim before installing.
Sounds harder to do than it is. Works well
Jim, Jim Thode posted a photo of what our Canadian split rims look like down under. The clip to hold them together is easily made from a T door hinge, narrowed so that there are two loops each side as in Jim's photo. Be sure that the pin is offset from the centre of the join, or you will not be able to close the gap when the tyre is fitted.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.