Will 1928-29 Model A wire wheels fit on model T hubs? They look the same size. Thank you.
They will if you have adapters.
The outer rim is the same, the center in very much different, including bolt hole spacing. No they won't fit.
All Model A's have the same 5.5" bolt circle as 32-35 and 40-48 Fords. 26-27 T wires have a 5" bolt circle, if I'm not mistaken.
I brought a car home many years ago that had A wheels welded onto T hubs. I would have to look through the junk pile but am sure that I still have them. I always thought that it would be fun to put them on a barn yard driver as there were no lug nuts on them!
Like Jack said, they will with adapters. My experience with this set-up and a '26 touring with 4 people in it was that the car absolutely had a mind of it's own, with the rear of the car swinging lazily to and fro, with me having to steer into and out of this sway. It was a completely different feeling than a worn out front end, and pretty unnerving.
With adapters (that were on this car, adapter brand unknown) the rear wheel mounting hub did not press up against the brake drum and it appeared that the wheel was flexible enough due to this that it caused the car to wander. It would not do this with only two people in the car.
I would seek out someone who had this set-up and drive that car, and see if my experience was typical or not before I spent the $$$$ for adapters.
Could it have been that the adapters on your car were for the later 28/29
wheels and had the earlier 1928 ďARĒ wheels on them (or visa versa) ??
Iíve never seen any of the adapters, so just thinking out loud . . .
I've got 2 speedsters and a hack running 21 inch Model A wheels. They run, ride, and drive fine--no "adapters", machine work done by someone who knew what they were doing.
the car I drove did not make contact to the drum at contact #2 per your drawing (only at contact #1), which is why I attributed the wandering to unplanned flexibility of the wheel. That's a nice picture that you posted, and shows quite clearly how the wheel was designed to be supported...and with the adapters on this particular car, there was insufficient support.
The model a front hubs will go onto the T spindle. The spindle will have to be shortend a 1/2" or you can put a 1/2" spacer on the other end. Use the Model A bearings. I have done the fronts myself.
Same for the rear but a little more work im told.
All this is covered in past fourms