Anyone know when the Hauk wheels were first made? I know the building was erected in Buffalo in 1910, but were the wheels started a few years earlier?
I am looking at a set of pin drive, 23" clinchers. Wondering if they would be appropriate for a circa 1909 car?
It is my understanding that an investment group put together by Mr. Houk (correct spelling HOUK) purchased the McCue Wire Wheel during 1913. The McCue was redesigned and offered to the trade as the Houk Wire Wheel for the 1914 model year ( fall of 1913). The #5 size center wheels were available for the start of the 1914 model year. I do not know if the #3 size ( for Model T Fords and similar size cars) came out at the same time or followed.
I have original 25 inch Houk wire wheels on my 1914 Premier. They were an $80 option when new!!
Layden: Hi All From Cold Iowa! Do you know the connection between Houk & Hayes? I just found a Hayes wheel on a Hudson spindle with Hudson marked cap & it appears to be identical to Houk #5 I got from you several years ago? The spokes are laced oposit direction & I think you told me something about this? Thanks John
It is my understanding that Houk (later Wire Wheel Corp. Buffalo NY) and Hayes were always separate companies. That being said, their wheels will interchange on the other companies hubs. I suspect that the wheel center stampings were made by Houk and sold to Hayes for use in their wheels. Yes the spokes are laced in the opposite direction on the 2 brands thus the pattern of the drilled spoke holes in the centers and rims are different. Some Hayes wheel centers have domes over the ends of the drive pins.
Looks like the 5 Houk wheels and hubs that I have are not suitable for a Model T. They are number " 4 " I think they fit a Maxwell. The set came with one Maxwell hub cap center. Thanks for the info, I will keep looking.
Probably are off a Maxwell.
Most #4 Houk that we see are converted to Model T from Overland.
#3 Houk are very uncommon.
Most wire wheels sold as accessory for Model T Fords in the early brass years are not demountable, neither rim nor at the center as Houks are. They were also often 30x3 fronts and have few spokes ( 40).