should front hub bolts for wood wheels be peened like the rear hub bolts?
Thank you mike, will do before paint of course!
I like the idea to reverse the hub bolts in the rear hub so the nuts can be accessible on the outside for a periodical check of their tightness.. Wood "lives" more than metal.
Front wheels are easier to check after some driving on newly assembled wheels.
The hub bolts are square carriage bolts that index into the outer hub flange to prevent turning so they can be tightened, if turned around, how can they be tightened?
Sorry, that idea implicates some modification like filing the holes square in the inner flange. Nothing needed really, just another way to do it
I've seen others recommendations to wrench the nuts tight, then leave the wheels for some days & try tighten the nuts again (just not too tight if you have original screws, they tend to break easily)
When they won't tighten anymore after left some more days, then it's time to peen the ends of the screws.
I use blue Loktite and then "stake" rather than peen over the end of the bolt near the nut in several spots.