Today I decided to get ready for the arrival of my new tube. It was my plan to remove my old 21" rim and replace it with a better one. A quick glance at Mac's shows they have just the thing... $430 each. Hmm, this is for a car I purchased 20 years ago for $5. A quick trip to my junk pile disclosed a few rims I got at a swap meet for $2 ea., all were better than the one I was pulling off of Rusty.
I am sure that the swap meet vendor went home chuckling about what a sap I was for buying useless Chevy rims for my Ford! I agreed with him as they have been in the junk pile for maybe 12 years now.
Since my tube hasn't arrived I spent about an hour transmogrifying the Chevy rim into a Ford rim. It turned out to be a rather easy process. The problem is that the lugs and valve stem hole do not clock the same on a Chevy 21" rim that they do on a Ford Rim... hence the $2 price tag.
I forgot to show the finished rim:
I have studied the picture of your wheel and I think that after 20 years you have gotten your five dollars worth (car's purchase price) out of that wheel.
Golly, I might use that in the back yard, but no further that I'd want to walk back to the shop to get another wheel. Please be safe. Bill
If I'm not mistaken, the Chevy 30x3 1/2 clincher rims have that same slotted lug, makes them easy to spot as the T rims have a lug that has an elongated hole instead. They also have to have the valve stem hole relocated. Dave
I don't know about the split rims, but Chebby clincher rims are wider than Ford rims.
Morgrification at it's best Terry. Think of the enjoyment factor as well.
Years ago I got a trailer because it had a T pickup box. The trailer was made of a 1926 Chev front axle with 21 inch wheels. I salvaged the wheels and rims because they were perfect and replaced the hubs with T front hubs. Installed on my TT ...drilled the felloes for relocated valve stems to accept T rims...now I have both T and Chev rims available for the front end of the TT.
My 26 roadster pickup had two wheels on it that the fellow was.drilled for a chevy rim if needed.You could fit either rim on those wheels.Painted black you hardly noticed the extra hole.
Looks great. I'm hoping you might consider spending the saved funds on new spokes.
Result: I drove the car all over town and on errands yesterday... about 25 miles. All is well, I plan to repeat the feat today.
The conclusion I draw: if you need a split rim and no good Ford rims come readily to hand modify and use a Chevy rim, it will work fine.
Terry, I did the opposite. I simply drilled a new hole in the felly and stuck a black plug in the old one. The hole can be easily weld up if needs be plus chevy got it right by making the tire easier to change since the stem is opposite the latch. Either way works. KGB
This rim had the stem about an inch from the latch (4th photo from the top of the page).
I have a pair of 21" Hayes wire wheels for a T. The rims are unique to these wheels and thus are really scarce. A few months ago I was having a clean-up and among the parts not used in the restoration of my roadster was a 21" Hayes split rim which had been hanging on the spare tyre carrier when I bought it.
It is a Chev item, and fits the Hayes wheel just as it should. Now I know what to look for, I should be able to find another.
Allan from down under.