1912 car with clicking spokes. The spokes have been drilled and pegged in the past. Best to replace, however I've read some forum threads about resin impregnation for fixing wheels. Can that work on a slight crack in the felloe as well? Are there specialist who repair T wheels using resin...I've never heard of this before reading it on the forum
I read also about some wheel shops that people weren't happy with for one reason or another. Time delays, balance issue, using screws instead of rivets.. etc.
I'd like to know YOUR personal experience with a vendor that re-wooded your wheels and that your are extremely pleased with. All too often I'll ask for recommendations and get a list read to me from the back of a catalog or a vendor someone heard about. I'd really like to hear from those who reached in their pockets, paid for a product and got exactly the top notch product they paid for and who did the work.
Please post the good, not here to bash, just would like an idea of where to go for a good set of wheels without suffering any headaches from the wrong craftsmen. Thanks
I had my 1912 wheels re - wooded by Stutzmann Wheel in Baltic, Ohio. The cost was $150 per wheel plus $1.00 per bolt back in 2008.
Stutzmann raises the trees on his land.
Stutzmann fells the trees, and the dressed logs are brought from the forest to Stutzmann's sawmill.
The sawn lumber is cured in Stutzmann's drying barns until ready for use. Stutzmann does outstanding work, it is a marvelous place to visit. You will be impressed by the quality of your wheels.
I recently had a set done for my 1915 and the price had gone up to $170 per wheel but the bolts were still $1.00 each.
I have used Johnsons wood wheels for my 24 Coupe and 21 Touring.
His work is excellent and I have to say his crating for shipping is as good as his wheels.
The wheels were balanced and put together very well. I sent my hubs and steel felloes cleaned up and primed and he did the rest.
Another wheel builder who gets good reviews is Stuzemans. He does great work according to those who have used him.
I can only speak for Johnsons but according to their website they build all kinds of wood wheels for antique cars and carriages. They seem to have a lot of experience in that area.
Stutzman has done a couple of sets for me and is about to do another. I've never had any complaint with his craftsmanship and his turnaround time is fantastic.
With respect to screws vs. rivets -- up to October 1912, screws were used rather than rivets:
OCT 17 Ford Archives
T291B front wheel assembly. Specifed 3/16" rivets to be used to hold the rim to the felloe, replacing the #10 x 3/4" flat-head wood screws being used. Also specified that the hole for the inner tube valve stem be lined with 9/16" 25 ga. steel tubing to prevent chafing.
I pressed together a couple of wheels with Stutzman spokes three years ago. They're still solid.
I used Construction glue and Aceton [ to make it serviceable for an injection needle].I used it between the spokes and wood felloe, and between the wood felloe and the steel rim .
What was the mixture you used between the acetone and glue? Have you had any problems since?
Matt ; the mixture is about 60 glue and 40 Aceton
No problem since.