Hello T Friends !
The rims off of my '20 T are rusty and dirty. A good friend felt the inside lip of the rim and said that even though the rims need some "bite" as they are a clincher rim, should I file them down some? How much? My buddy says that they are too sharp right now and that they will puncture the tire, tube etc. Thanks !
I would look for better rims. Also rims are for sale. If you have to file them very much the might not hold the bead as well. Having said that, I have put tires on rims like that and had them work fine at low speeds. It would be asking for trouble.
When you hear a loud BANG and see one of your tires go rolling off into a field, it's a hint that your rims may be sharp. Get better ones. VOE. You can buy brand new ones for big bucks, or you can haunt swap meets and auctions and buy good used ones for much less. Sometimes you get lucky and find them for a lot less.
Alexander, did you get my PM?
Alexander, you can probably rehabilitate those rims of yours unless they are really bad.
Check this link for photos and procedure: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/229047.html
The rims shown in those photos have since seen many miles and some very challenging roads with no tire trouble.
Steve, The rim would not cause the puncture you experienced in your T. That is a direct cause of the tube exploding. You can have the best rims in the world and they won't stop that exploding tube.
Often that happens while the car is standing still parked in the garage or strapped to a running board or in a spare tire carrier.
The bead edge is no where near the tube either you picked up a sharp object or as often is the case the tube was unable to keep the high pressure inside.
Once the tire has gone off by it's self your bead edge is now on the road doing the job of the tire.