Just in case someone asks anytime soon, the coker catalog states that they now offer wood wheel rebuilding services.
So,how much are they charging to be the middle man?
no clue, but worth a call to find out
Why? You can make your own arrangements and save money.
Ad is for all new wood wheels.
I would add a few more reasons to source re-wooded wheels from known wheelwrights: Price, quality, service, warranty.
Ask yourself this, When a third party offers a service or product that is easily sourced from the manufacturer, what is the vendors value add?
Before purchasing a wheel from a third party (example,Coker) I would want to know the country of origin, detailed materials specs.,complete written warranty,and remedies.
Aggregators, like Coker, purchase in volume and are able to induce their sources to provide unique or low volume items to the buyer who, by themselves would not have the buying clout to interest the manufacture to provide such products.
In theory the aggregators drive the price down and expand the product range. Good for tires but is it possible with wheels? What problem is being fixed here? What happens if one reseller gains a large enough market share with one manufacturer to force other smaller manufacturers to go out of business? Will product quality improve? Will prices drop? Will customer service improve?
Let history be the judge.
Coker might be getting them from McLaren. These are '15 wheels from McLaren:
McLaren makes the new rims and puts new centers and bearing races into the correct used hubs for your year of T and includes new bolts, then sends them to the Stutzmans for the wood part. I bought these about 3 years ago, and they were $400/ea. I don't know what Coker's price is.
Here's one after painting:
They look great all painted up. What paint / primer method do you use? Do you have to seal the woodgrain prior to painting?
the ad from coker states that the wheels are built in Chattanooga Tenn. They say that they can use your hubs and steel fellow and that if you need rims and fellows that they make them in their in house shop. So draw any conclusion you wish, it is simply another source for wood wheels for the hobby, you buy parts from langs and synders and guess what, you're buying from a middle man. No big deal, just thought to share info.
You are correct. When I saw the ad for this I noticed that it said that they would use your parts.
Even some of one man shops we see advertised are not doing the work only resellers.
Example: There is an ad on a non T site that a guy advertises rewooding wheels but if you ask questions he is not the workman. He just collects parts and has an amish gentlemen build the wood parts
Gary -- I used PPG Omni acrylic enamel and their primer. I don't remember the name of the primer, but it's what the paint store guy said is appropriate for use with Omni. No extra sealer step.
I'm not very knowledgeable about paints as some of the Forum guys are, so I try to keep it simple with a single-stage enamel. It looks good to me on a Model T.
So does anyone know what Coker is charging for their wheels? I looked at their website and didn't find any info on them.
Mike do you use any grain filler, I've done done some paint jobs on electric guitars and always used this white runny paste stuff just cant remember the name. Not sure on cost of the coker wheels, says in the ad to be competitive. But when building 100 year old wheels the price varies from all of the people doing it, then there is always shipping! I think that alone for my 4 complete wheels was like 150 bucks! from ok to ma
David -- No filler. I put on primer, then sand it, then paint. I like to see the wood grain through the finish.