Hi all ! I have a few split rims , some not to bad and some a little ugly. I tried beating and banging and made very little progress with those flip floppy things so i spot welded them together, mounted them on the front of my t on a respectable straight wheel and fastened a screwdriver to a block of wood and turned the wheel to find the high and low spots and straitened as i went. takes quite awhile but they are fairly nice . some of you may have already welded them together before for straighten purposes . just wanted to share this information . And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving Ken
How did you straighten after mounting on the wheel? Welding or selective heating the parts that need to be shrunk? Or just hammering?
First I welded the rim together and then mounted them to the wheel and used a little heat for a few bad spots. most was done cold. I used a dolly as a backup while hammering. for a long low area I also used a couple large crescent wrenches to pull the bead in or out.
Then, after straightening, did you cut the weld and make them 'split' rims again?
Hi George. I used a cutoff wheel, cleaned up the edges and it ever gets half warm outside I would like to sand blast them and paint. ken