<VV> Re: Wire Wheels

Chris & Bill Strickland lechevrier at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 18 00:00:27 EDT 2005

Admittedly, I have never been fortunate enough to own a wire wheeled 
Vair, but I do have an old BMC with them.

You need six wheels, at least -- four on the car, one for a spare (solid 
disk knock offs are hard to come buy unless you have them made), and one 
(or more) at the wheel shop being re-trued.
And then there are the issues with sealing them and can they be adjusted 
without resealing, and are there any radial tubes available for the size 
tire you want.

The large polyurethane dead blow hammers work well on eared knock offs, 
but the amount of grease you really should be using with them keeps them 
dirty and makes them a real pain to try and keep clean.

Yes, a lot of wire wheeled cars these days are trailer material, 
especially if the wheels look clean.

In the day, is was not unusual to see a big Healy come into a hard 
corner and collapse one of the outside wheels ...   Not recommended for 
drag racing on the drive axle.

Bill Strickland

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