Looking for Rudge hubs to fit Model T and wheel center shells.
What do you mean by "wheel center shells" and what are Rudge hubs? Photos might help. Sometimes people may have them but do not know what they are.
Wire wheels !
What size did Model T's use? Maybe our Canadian friends can tell us as Rudge seems to have been used much more often on Canadian racers than here in USA.
"wheel center shells" are the center part of a wheel that the spokes lace to.
Thank you Laydon, got to keep learning.
Minnesota plate on that one. Hopefully, Erik Johnson will chime in with the owner’s name and phone number.
I wonder if the 50's and 60's Triumph and MG hubs and wheel centers would work? I suspect they would be much more common than ones for T's.
The MG wheel centers ( pictures below) have a reverse curve between the splined part and where the inside spokes are laced making them appear quite different. The hubcaps could be modified to be similar. In pictures of MG wire wheel parts having been used on a Model T, it is quite apparent on the car.
I don't think they are 52mm hubs. That big of a bearing wont work on a Model T spindle. My '32 Ford has 52mm hubs with a adapter made back in 1938.
Was there a smaller size available for the Model T spindle? Any leads appreciated.
The smallest size (35) may be a misprint. Other sources show 32.
52 may have been the smallest size made in the US.
Europeans used the 32 and 42 on their small cars.
90 was a size also not made here.
PreWarCar.com is a European website that often has small size Rudge wire wheels and parts for sale in their classifieds. Long hard way to go to complete a set from parts but could be done.
A bearing catalog would tell you what bearing would fit best to a T spindle and thus which Rudge size to search for.
The MG's use the 42 size. Jaguars use 52, Bentley 62
The early style wheel centres ( shells ) are available. Try Richards Brothers wire wheel in the UK. They recently made me some wheels for an MGTC.
You may be able to adapt MG hubs to fit the T spindles. Ditto the rear.
They have the earlier, flat style centers as in the picture of that fine race car .