I need a set of four 30x3-1/2" demountable clincher rims. Good originals are very hard to come by, so I am considering buying a new set from Langs. At $265 each I need to think twice about ordering them. Has any one bought any of these and would like to comment on the quality? I don't want to spend that kind of money and be disappointed.
At that price I would keep looking for good used there are a lot of them out there. Have you placed any ad's, looked on ebay, contacted places that sell used Model T parts? You may have to do some repair on the hole in the lug but you should be able to come in way under that. Another point to think about, not all rims will fit all wheels, till production of demountable wheel production ramped up and they were standardized. There were several suppliers and for example early Ford may not fit Hayes rims. (Only using that as an example)
Did you try Model T Haven?
Also do not "fix" the elongated hole in the lug nearest the valve stem. It was made that way to aid getting the stem thru the felloe and the lug over the bolt at the same time.
First thing you should do is identify the make and style of wheels you have and verify they are a matching set of 4, then look for rims to fit.
Have you every tried to find originals? I've never had a problem. You have to go to swap meets, and look on ebay and what ever else you have to do, but they are out there.
My wheels are all four matching Kelsey. The new rims are a Hayes copy which may or may not fit my wheels, so I guess I will have to keep looking. I do have a few Kelsey rims, but only one I would consider useable.
Check Model T Haven, as suggested or Dave Huson in Colorado.
I give them away if its with another purchase. I still have a few left but must be picked up. I almost never bring them home even if I get the bid I got the bid on twenty pans at the Lincoln Kansas auction There was two stacks. One stack of ten 3 dip and one stack of ten 4 dip pans. I left the 3 dip stack there. At the Masonville Auction last fall I got the bid on a bunch of pallets. unfortunately there was some 3 dip pans on some of them. I had a couple of guys loading my pickup while I was bidding. A bunch of 3 dip pans got loaded so now I have to find someone to take them. I has such a load in the back of my pickup that when we stopped for coffee In Loveland my Trailer hitch was dragging when we left the café.
Sorry I posted about the three dip pans, I was thinking you were the one looking for a three dip pan. I had some one come through and pick up some 30 X 3 1/2" rims so I don't think I have many left.
You're very likely to find good rims at Chickasha in March. If that's too far from Minnesota, try Iola in July. Some of the rims you find will be junk, but there are usually some good ones too.