I have a pair of wheels but not sure what years they might be and if they are Model T? The tires are Goodyear 4.40/4.50 - 21.
The Ford hubcap says yes, Model T. The encyclopedia says balloon tires were introduced in 1925, before the 1926 models came out in August, but a lot of people use them on earlier cars.
And the two holes along side the split for the rim indicate the wheel is Canada mfg, as these rims have those holes for a clamp tool.
21" split rim wood wheels for Canadian made Ford.
Hubcap is Canadian too.
What a coincidence, Stephen live in British Columbia, Canada.
Well, the OP hasn't asked, but I'm curious. Do these wheels and tires and tubes carry a premium because they are Canadian, and I presume somewhat rarer than the US counterparts.
Are these a $100 US value per wheel? A $200 per wheel value?
Presuming all spokes are good, etc. Just curious.
Also interesting that it has the rounded lug tabs. It would seem that the Canadian rims had both rounded and squared off tabs from what I have seen (some have said it is either one or the other---I personally have wheels with both). I wish he was closer as I would purchase these for my Canadian cut off touring.
I have one of the Canadian 21" rims but I am just about as far away as he is.
A blow up of the picture shows quite severe splits in the spokes. They look old and tired, from past experiences, probably loose. I would recommend new spokes.
The trouble with new spokes for Canadian wheels, you have to go to New Zealand to get the correct double taper at the hub end.
The vendors do not stock them.
Allan from down under.
I thought the holes on the split rim were confined to Canadian Model Ts. Last week, one of the Lincoln clubs came to Dearborn and parked at Ford's headquarters. I was surprised to see an early enclosed sedan with the same style wheels in a larger diameter. The car itself was a Canadian barn find that was restored.
Thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated.
I would think that unless the flange and hub are different you should be able to use the US type spokes. ?
Mark, you are probably correct about the spokes. However, the Canadian type are much easier to use when rebuilding a wheel. They are much easier to take apart, no press needed. Nor is there a need for a press to assemble them.
On 23" wheels we have to be careful buying US spokes from the vendors. Most of our Canadian sourced wheels are Kelsey loose lug items. The spokes for these are a tad longer than those used on wheels having fixed lug rims like most US cars.
Allan from down under.