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Kirk T
Posted 2024-03-09 6:37 PM (#634147)
Subject: wheels


Posts: 19

Pictures of wheels

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(Wheel 4.jpg)

(Wheel 5.jpg)

(Wheel 3.jpg)

Attachments Wheel 1.jpg (70KB - 42 downloads)
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Posted 2024-03-09 7:46 PM (#634148 - in reply to #634147)
Subject: Re: wheels

Location: Under the X in Texas
These are Motor Wheel brand Chrysler and DeSoto wire wheels (assuming all are alike). The Dodge and Plym wheels were 5 inches wide, not 5.5. Not a problem to operate these wider wheels in place of the 5 inch. MANY owners have done so. These Chry/DeS wheels are sometimes referred to as "short spoke" because the Ply/Dg wheels have "long spokes" that are laced out closer to the edge of the rim (closer to the tire).
If they scrub up well without significant pitting or rust in the adjustment nipples, they are nice addition to a convertible.
Reproductions have been in the hobby market for years. These appear to be originals.
Hudson and Kaiser autos also offered the Motor Wheel wheels during the '53-56 period of availability. Each had their proprietary brand center hub cap in place of Chryslers faux "knockoff" cap.
Some of the detailing companies sell a "wire wheel cleaner" product. Adam's I think has such. I used to used hydroflouric (not hydrochloric) acid which is what most of these cleaners are based in. If you get some, use gloves and wear eye protection for sure! FLUSH wheels THOROUGHLY with water to get rid of ALL acid. Blow dry! Spray wax! Real wire wheels are a lot of work to keep clean (and beautiful when they are).
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Kirk T
Posted 2024-03-09 8:29 PM (#634149 - in reply to #634147)
Subject: RE: wheels


Posts: 19

Wow, I didn't intend to start a new thread! I thought I was posting to my other thread. Just amazed that I got pictures posted.
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