Another set has appeared, but with some rust it seems
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Model-T-Ford-Tubular-Steel-Wheels-Speedster-Depot-Hack-R ace-Car-Ruckstell-/122160025129?fits=Make%3AFord%7CModel%3AModel+T&hash=item1c71 4e0e29:g:tXcAAOSwNRdX7k3g&vxp=mtr
Are these really authentic from the era, or are they someone's latter-day idea of "rebuilding" an artillery wheel ?
Reason I ask, building a wheel ain't all that simple. I've been around some welded-up steel "inventions" applied to horse-drawn vehicles, and they invariably fail. There's a lot of science to the wheel-wright's art that was brought to a high level of development in those early, "primitive" wood-spoke motor-wheels.
There are good reasons why the all-metal wheels of the period were either wires or discs - the dynamics of a large diameter wheel in motion under load poses a lot of problems for the idea of constructing an all-metal wheel of multiple parts assembled into a "whole". Welded joints invariably prove too rigid.
Are those like the steel wheels Howard Genrich had on Ol' #7?
They look like Atlas wheels.
My question answered, thanks Derek !
I believe that Howard's are a totally different wheel where the spokes individually clamp onto the rim. This is from my memory, so I may be mistaken.
Here is a picture from the SCMTFC endurance run back in April in Tucson.
There were also steel spoke wheels that had, IIRC, six solid spokes. Trouble was, I would find one, hoping to run across another three available. A couple years would go by, no success. Sell it or trade it away. Then blunder across another. Repeat. Even though I have done my share of selling and buying on eBay, it still boggles my mind that things that were once searched for a lifetime now seeing commonplace. And, a personal not. From early morn till a few minutes ago I have been engaged in trying to get someone needed healthcare. A helluva day. It is going to take a nights worth of Fibber & Molly, Gunsmoke, CBS Radio Mystery theatre etc. to reprogram my brain.
Make that eight spokes. Those wheels on the red speedster.
Jim, i grew up listening to CBS radio mystery theater. You can still find all the episodes available on the net.
Yes, John, I did too. Few people realize there was such a high quality radio broadcast that late. I get them on YouTube. In the 70's listened on one of my antique radios. I remember also listening to them in the car on a date or after a wrestling meet. One of these days, I'm going to cut loose with the money to be able to stream The Adventures of Harry Nile. Absolutely excellent.
Thanks, Dan....I didn't have a picture of #7 to refer to. If my (admittedly weak!) memory serves me, Howard's were used on cement mixers back in the day. Very heavy.
I believe the 8-spoke version are a cast iron center. I forget the brand name though.
I have a pair of Kelsey steel wheels with tapered stamped steel spokes that look identical to wood spokes, but with a seam on the back side.