My wood wheels have loose spokes and I am considering going to Model A wheels.
I would love to hear the pro's and con's of such a conversion.
Except for the cost of the adapters, lots of 21" Model A wheels to pick from at a lower cost then T wires. But the per wheel cost to replace the wood spokes would be lower esp if you bought the spokes and did them yourself. Figure if you bought the spokes from Lang's at around 120 plus shipping (as a ballpark), the cost of sand blasting plus your time. Tires and tubes if you have 21 inch woods(wire 21 same price) would run about the same a bit more for 30 X 3 1/2 wheels.
Don't be so cheap! Use the correct wheels!
What Larry said. Nothing says "cheap" like model A wheels on a model T. Don't go there.
Nothing says "sad" like an old car languishing in a garage because the owner fears being judged by others. If these Model A wheels are so undesirable on a T, they ought to be cheap from one of these guys taking them off...
Correct 21” reproduction model t wire wheels are available from the vendors for around $400. to $450. I replaced all of my bent and corroded 21” wires and could not be happier. Had them powder coated and can change tires with my hands.
That is the best part about the wire wheels. The tires are so easy to change.
John, forgive me for standing in judgement according to Tim. He is right. Whatever wheels you use on your budget are fine as long as they are safe and get you out on the road with your model T. You can change them if you want in the future.
Larry, My truck is what I call a Bitsa project.
Made up from bits from here and there. You are probably familiar with it, I bought it from your friend down the street.
Being a maiden when it came to model T's I didn't realize that it had bad wheels and the wrong front fenders. I am going to live with the fenders but would like to have it drivable for the coming winter club tours.
I plan on having the wood wheels respoked and will use them eventually.
Going to Model A wheels is not cheap by any means.
Since I am going to have the Wood wheels respoked I will need to find another set of hubs for the rebuild.
I have a set of model A wheels but the conversion kit is $600.
Model A wheels are fine and relatively cheap. I bought a set of 5 with usable tires at Chickasha for $200.00. Granted the adapters were pricey but I was able to get the project on the road and most folks, even old car guys, can't tell the difference between A and T wheels. The important thing is to get it safe and have fun!!