100 year old shagbark hickory, cut down, dried to 8%, and made into spokes. The hub and felloe came on my car, but the rim, tube and tire came from Chickasha. It was the red one, bought near the gate. Thanks to the guy that sold it to me, and thanks to John Reagan, for the design of the press, and thanks to Steve Jelf, for the video showing how to use the press.
Did you make your own spokes if so could you share a picture of the jig you made and any other information.
Are the bolts wheel bolts or run-of-the-mill carriage bolts? They need to be wheel bolts.
Oh, and don't forget to put the brake drum on before peening the ends of the bolts.
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Charlie; I don't know whether my way of cutting the spokes is fancy enough to actually call a jig, but here's what I did:
As you can see, I just clamped a carpenter's square to a miter saw. I didn't rely on the saw's protractor for the angle, I cut a right triangle from plywood with opposite side carefully measured at adjacent X tan15. The old spokes were too far gone to use as a model for length, so I made the new spokes too long and then when pressing them in was ridiculous, I shortened them until it seemed reasonable. The felloe was a Hayes. Different manufacturers - Ford, Kelsie, etc., had slightly different spoke lengths. Some folks know all these numbers, but I just used trial and error.
Very inventive. It is always fun to see what folks can do.
Keith, I measured the hardness of the Ford bolts, and they seem to be no better than plain old 1018. Maybe someone know the actual spec?
Ford's originally weren't hardened, and grade at less than 2. The bolts that I make, and which both Lang's and I sell, are Grade 5; more than enough to handle the job.
R.V. ; I was hoping to hear from someone like you. Now that I know, that's what I'll use.
My intuitive impression is that the non-hardened bolts don't allow you to put as much squeeze on the spokes as I would like.
Interesting that you used a chop saw. How did you make them round?
Ignacio; I center drilled the rim end and turned them in a lathe. Held the trapezoid end in a 4-jaw.
By the way, if I paid myself minimum wage, it would have been cheaper to buy spokes, but since I was too cheap to pay myself, I got them for free. It was so much fun I'm going to do three more.
Get rid of those hardware store carriage bolts!