Does anyone have any information on the various types of wheels and rims offered in Canada as a 21 inch?
What year and type Rob?
The split rim with the exclusive Canadian lock mechanism was made by Kelsey in both Windsor and in Detroit.
Two different rims
Top rim is Chevy, valve hole close to lug and cut out lug hole identifies it,
Easy to alter if the rim is good.
Rob, My Canadian 27 has Kelsey Wheels made in Canada. Locking mechanism is the type that has a pin go through something similar to 2 hinge halves. Spokes are different as discussed previously on the forum
Dave,the second photo above is missing the pin lock that you described.
The tell tale characteristic of Canadian 21" split rims is the pair of holes in each side of the rim, either side of the split. These are used when the special tool is used to collapse the rim when fitting tyres.
Allan from down under.
Here's the tool.
James, you are correct. I missed that. I think I have also seen the Canadian rims with the tab that turns to look them. Couldn't find a name on them. Maybe aftermarket?
Anyone have one of these tools that they want to part with?
The tool show above is the only one I have seen. I paid 12 dollars for it from a Model A guy at a swap meet. He had no idea what it was.
I am sure many disappeared during the WW2 and Korean War scrap drives.
As Peter stated above, top rim is Chevy. I have a rim like it that has already had the valve stem hole relocated. It, also, has the split lug. Question: Why did Chevy do this? What was their reasoning?
Terry, with the valve hole close to the lug, there is no room to fit the valve stem through the hole in the felloe and be able to lower the rim/tyre assembly over the near lug. So they slotted the lug. Model T rims, having the valve stem further from the lug, there is room to fit the valve stem and still screw the rim so the lug goes over the bolt. Even this demands that the lug nearest the valve stem is machined a little oval.
The only other thing to do is remove the bolt when fitting the rim and replace it when the assembly is in place.
Allan from down under.
Might not be correct but it could be that Chevy made the rim the way so it was not possible to use a Ford rim.
Ford rims were most likely cheaper and you would have Chevy owners buying them instead of then buying Chevy rims.
Make it so different and it was not easy to change easily, No doubt a Chevy owner would have bought a Ford rim if it was cheaper and probably also easier to get than the Chevy rim.
Putting the valve so close and cutting the lug sure did make it a different rim.