A friend is rebuilding a 1913 touring. Close look at the rear wheels show that the center line of the spokes at the hub is a good inch inside the center line of the rim in other words the tire winds up with a wider wheel base. Therefore the rims are an inch further outside.
The front wheels, the center lines line up. The rear wheels are true and tight. Is this normal?
The spokes have shifted inward, might be from time and temperature/moisture, or somebody removed the wheel hub and let the wheel sit until it eventually found another hub. I would put it in a spoke press and see if it can regain center, or it might spring inwards again.
What seems odd is that both rear wheels are exactly the same??
What is the measurement from the back of the wheel in? If the wheel is centered it should be no problem regardless of the offset. If the wheel is in from one side, I would carefully measure it to find whether the wheel was made that way or if its collapsing.
Weren't some wheels dished to begin with?
That is what we are wondering if some Canadian ones where dished?
Has anyone else found wheels like this please?
There is no reason why rear wheels would be dished.
What is the size of tire on this wheel?
Very early front wheels were dished, to offset the amount of camber.
However, Canadian cars had 30 x 3-1/2" wheels on the front, so rear hubs could have been put into dished Canadian 30 x 3-1/2" front wheels IF the Canadian 30-3-1/2" front wheels were indeed dished.
It is a Canadian car? Are the front wheels dished? Are the front wheels 30 x 3"?
As I said above, there is no reason why rear wheels would be dished. I would hesitate putting any work into these wheels, (except to put front hubs in them for a Canadian car.) I would, however, ensure they are safe. If they are not I would replace them.
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Thanks Kieth, that's the info I needed.