Hi my name is David just bought my first model T, 1922 doctors coupe. Was learning how to drive and hit a pot hole in a turn blowing out the spokes on the front wheel. Yea 45 min of fun! Now it's sitting in my friends garage and to move it pretty quick. Does eany one know where I can find a 30x3.5 wheel? I live in Dallas Tx and don't have a clue where to get eanything. Eany help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
David - there are 2 T parts places in TX that immediately come to mind;
I haven't done business with either but maybe a good place to start.
Welcome to the forum!
You're super lucky you didn't overturn when your spokes blew out. If you're just looking for a quick replacement to roll it around the garage, then I say go for the used wheel route. But I'd be willing to bet your other wheels are in the same shape as the one that failed. If you plan on driving this thing, I would recommend replacements from either Stutzmans or Calimers.
Hopefully some others here chime in on Stutzmans and how to get ahold of them.
Yea, they can be a bit pricey. But the peace of mind is worth it and they'll be good for a lifetime.
Dave, welcome to the forum and the affliction, as we call it. I hope somebody in the Dallas area will see this and lend you a wheel long enough to get the car home. Longer term, I suspect, like Dan, that your other wheels may be on borrowed time. After 92 years, this would not be a surprise. Once you get the car home you have two routes to take. One is to buy new wheels outright from one of the several wheel shops. The other is to buy new spokes and rebuild the wheels yourself. The first route is quick but expensive. The second is slower but much cheaper. I'm assuming that your 1922 Ford probably has demountable clinchers. If that's the case, your wheels have steel felloes and respoking them is pretty simple. If you decide to do them yourself, I think the best price for spokes will be Stutzman. Spokes from the general Model T parts dealers cost a lot more.
Here are some wheel shops with good reputations for quality work:
Anderson’s Wooden Wheels
Dale Anderson – Owner-Operator
Box 1433, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Canada S6V 5S9
Phone (306) 763-4049
Fax (306) 763-4018
Calimer's Wheel Shop
30 East North St.
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Johnson's Wood Wheels
300 Ingleside Drive*
Ardmore, OK 73401
*Mail only; contact for shipping address
33656 County Rd 12
Baltic, OH 43804
Vintage Wheel Shop
19842 Via Redondo
Sonora, CA 95370
If you want to go the less costly route, see this: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/302832.html Pay attention to John Regan's comments correcting my mistakes.
For more general information every new T owner should have:
A word of warning: Your first T is unlikely to be your last. They tend to multiply.
Dave, if you have the time, rebuilding your own wheels can be fun:
If you decide to do it yourself, check carefully to determine what brand of felloes you have and that they all match. Hayes felloes and Kelsey felloes use a 1/32 inch longer wood spoke than the Ford felloes. The vendors sell both lengths.
David: Dallas and Ft.Worth both have active model T clubs. Get the addresses from Jay at MTFCA office. Someone will have an extra wheel for you.
My advice would be to contact Ross Lilleker in College Station at (979) 218-4083
Thank you so much for the info.