Making some good progress on a pair of rear hubs today. These are replacing a pair of Phelps wire wheel hubs with keyways that are badly worn.
All that's left to do is drill and tap a few holes, mill the drive splines, and cut the keyway in the axle taper.
The original hubs have 4 webs that suspend the inner tapered axle bore. As the picture of the original hub shows, the keyway aligns with one of these webs. What the picture doesn't show is the crack on each side of the worn keyway that extends thru to the cavity.
Are you going to be able to replicate the patina? I assume the new hub is solid and skipping the weight savings of the original.
Kevin (or others), has anyone got a original hub cap for these Phelps wheels?
I have cast some that I believe are correct
Nice looking hubs
I suspect that the hollow cavity is more about maintaining a consistent wall thickness during the foundry process than it is for weight savings. The original hub is about 7 lbs. The new hub is cut from billet and will be just about 8 lbs.
Very nice looking work.
I remember your thread from a while back regarding these caps. You were after the cosmetic aluminum cap, not the steel wheel retaining plate.
I have not talked with my customer about how complete his wheel set is. I will mention your project next time I talk with him.
Holy Crap Kevin - you da Man !!! I know someone who's going to be extremely happy !
All that's left now is the keyways... Almost done.
Hap l9l5 cut off
All finished up and ready to ship!
Beautiful workmanship Kevin ! Thanks for taking on this project. Already received a "heads-up" from the owner to get his new tires ordered and he'll be ready to bring in the T !