With my 30 x 3 front wheels considerably less than wonderful, I plan to gather up some correct hubs and other hardware and have some new wheels made up. I gather the wheels from the three manufacturers were identical, so that leaves me with just one picky little aesthetic detail to decide. Do I want the joining plates to be Hayes, Kelsy, or Pruden? Which one would you pick, and why?
Hmm, why not "Jelf"??? You'd have to stamp some blank plates with the "J".
I know, not authentic, but just think how it will confound the "experts" in twenty years!!
Why not H for Hayes. They started in the wheel business in 1908 too.
Hayes, Kelsey and Prudden
What about Motor Wheel?
They should match the hubs.
H in a circle for Hayes. 1915 hubs are very easy to spot, they are machined for the Ford Special speedometer gear and have the skinny lip on the hubcap side. All have a maker's cartouche on the hubcap side.
Excellent! I hadn't thought of the maker's mark on the hub. I happen to have some of the machined Hayes hubs, so Hayes it will be.