Received an email advertisement from Coker Tire today that they build new wheels using our hubs and fellows or will make new fellows plus new rims. Interesting. Thought they were just in the tire business. No connection, just information only.
Harry, they also make wire wheels and all sizes of rims, if you are ever in Chattanooga, they are always ready to give you a tour.
I'm in Western Australia and received the same email this morning. Never dealt with them and was wondering where did they get my email address from!!!
I assume that I got the same e mail, I did note that there were no tires for are Model T's on there list.
I would be skeptical. Why, because so many other things they do are not correct. I would prefer to stick with a known wheel maker like Calimer or Stutzman.
Some things may not be entirely correct but with out folks like Coker we would be up the creek when it comes to tires. I would like to see a set of their wheels before passing judgment. KGB
I have to wonder if they are not just subbing them out to someone like Calimer or Stutzman?
They say they are made in their own shop. I'd like to see some photos, if anyone gets a tour.
When I go to Stutzman's to pick up my two wheels in a few weeks, I'll try to remember to ask Noah if he's involved with Coker or not. My guess is, he's not. He's got enough work there now to keep him busy for an eternity. I doubt he'd be willing/able to take on a bigger load.
Here's some info on Coker wood wheels.
They have always stood behind everything I've had issue with and made things right, in the tire sales, so I'm sure they would do the same on wheels.
The fellow building the wood wheels is a middle aged fellow, seems to be very smart he has as a master wood working background. They have at least 400-500 spoke patterns on hand as well as an assortment of wood fellows they store their wood in a humidity controlled environment, they turn the spokes on a pattern leath 4-6 at one time. Then they hand fit every one and shape the fellows by hand too.
The wheel man trained under a wheel right for a long time before they opened the wheel shop. They heat the steel rims fit them to the fellow and quench them as soon as they are aligned. ( I know of a few wheel shops that do not do this) my opinion, this is a must when building wheels. I have some pictures of the shop I'll try to post later.
When I visited they were building wheels for Barry McGuire's Duray , seems like Jay Leno..? Several high caliber car collectors.
I'm not endorsing Cokers wheels but for what little I know about building wheels it looks like they have their stuff together .
How many people in the model T community could afford a set?
Curious about the price, I checked their website. Not listed.
Good point Robbie, No one I know of here in our immediate area.
As for the model T community goes we've both had the privilege of shaking the hands of several T owners with millions of $$$$$ in their bank account.
The wheel he was building at the time I think sales for $600 each.
Way out of my price range. Not sure what they get for a T wheel?
Well, I know for sure I'm waaaay out of my "league" in the T-community...on a very modest pension virtually all my friends in the hobby are worth a whole lot more than I am, but I don't care. I just keep up with the bills and that's all that matters.
I am what I am. Having fun.
Anyone have shots of the wire wheel making area?
The wood wheel making photos look real professional. Of course the guys behind the tools make all the difference, but the right tools sure help.
There must be someone in our T world who has tried some of these wheels.
Tim - Actually, I have to disagree. Back "in the day", a lot of folks bought Model "T's rather than the bigger and more expensive cars, at least partly because they were just barely "scraping by" and could barely afford a Ford, and because the Model "T" that replaced the horse only burned fuel when running, but the horse ate "fuel" 24/7 and all winter long, whether the farmer was getting any work out of the horse or not. I think most of us are more typical of the original Model "T" owners than a lot of the wealthy Model "T" owners of today. That's ma' story and I'm stick'n to it! YMMV,........harold