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Re: Refurbishing wire wheels

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Subject: Re: Refurbishing wire wheels
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 10:41:02 -0700
I wouldn't say that's necessarily true (that the spokes would ALL break),
just rather likely that you'd have to replace some of them (or most of
them). So don't even bother trying to adjust the spokes without a good
supply of spares on hand. When you send the wheel to a specialist for
truing, I believe they replace all the spokes as a matter of course (plus
sandblasting and painting the rim and hub)-- hence the daunting bill.

My last investigation into the matter indicated that it was cheaper to buy 4
new painted wires than to have 4 old ones refurbished. Replacing my chrome
wires would be more expensive, enough so that refurb was the cheaper option,
although still a significant expense.

on 10/7/02 9:34 PM, Don Malling at wrote:

> I've found a couple of '69 parts cars for my BMH MGB body shell. Both
> parts cars have wire wheels.
> In watching this thread, only one respondent indicated that old wire
> wheels could not be straightened -- spokes would break.
> Is there agreement on that? Should I look for parts cars with steel
> wheels, or if I want wire wheels, assume I will have to purchase new
> ones,
> rather than refurbish the old ones?
> Thanks, 
> Don Malling


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

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