Wire wheels / wood spokes?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Wire wheels / wood spokes?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lonnie Smith on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 05:12 pm:

Newbie question. I see T's with wire wheels and I'm wondering if they came stock on some or not?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kerry van Ekeren (Australia) on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 05:25 pm:

Late 1926 and 27 had wire wheels


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 05:27 pm:

21" wire wheels came as an option in 1926 and became standard on closed cars late in production 1927. They have special hubs with five lug bolts and nuts.

From the encyclopedia: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/1926-27H.htm
"Wire wheels (21), painted black, were listed as a factory-installed option in the initial literature but apparently were delayed until early calendar 1926. Black wire wheels were apparently the standard color option, but after a time they could be ordered in green, straw, Casino red and English vermilion as well, as dealer-installed options. Wire wheels were not standard equipment on any models until late 1926 and early 1927 when black wire wheels became standard on closed cars in some areas, at varying dates, on various models, depending on the assembly plant. For example, the Chicago branch announced black wire wheels as standard equipment on the Fordor Sedan in a letter dated October 28, 1926, noting that the colors could be installed by the dealer at a suggested $10 exchange price. The Fargo, North Dakota branch announced black wire wheels as standard on the Tudor in January 1927, and on the Coupe on February 14, 1927."


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lonnie Smith on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 05:37 pm:

Interesting, thanks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 10:29 pm:

Lonnie -- You'll see those wire wheels on earlier models of T's, just because folks like them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lonnie Smith on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 10:37 pm:

I would guess there is less chance of breaking one of those than a wood spoked.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Halpin on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 04:35 am:

They have their own problems. Stress cracks between the lug stud holes.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Davis-SE Georgia on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm:

Don't discount wooden wheels. They've been around a lot longer than steel ones. Wooden wheels in good condition are just fine.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lonnie Smith on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 06:38 pm:

I wouldn't put wire wheels on mine, I'm more of an original type guy but I was just curious.


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