What if anything is required to maintain a set of "in good condition" wood spoke wheels
So far the only thing I do with mine, which a few where rebuilt a few years back. I every so often tap each spoke with a plastic mallet. I listen for the sound they make. If one is loose, you can hear it.
Water and direct exposure to the sun are woods enemies. The more you can do to limit exposure to these two things the better off your spokes will be.
Good storage when the car is not in use.
I have heard that back in the day people would drive their cars through standing water to purposely swell old spokes. Probably not the best idea, but back then it was harder to get new spokes.
It's true, it's true!
I used to build carriages and wagons in Montana and once a year in that 10% moisture I would drop the wheels in the cattle tank to swell them up.
Auto wash thats a good pic. Wonder how clean they will be. Tim
Where can I find my nearest Auto Wash Bowl. I'll grab the T and my swimsuit and head on down.
How cool is that?
Great photo Mark - Thanks!!