According to Horler, page 41"Orig. Sprite & Midget":
"Up to chassis number AN5-15150 (April 1959) the two sections of the wheel were
rivited together, but after this they were welded to improve their strength."
"The wheels were again strengthened at chassis number AN5-39224 (May 1960), the
hub face pressing having larger radiating ribs where it was formed into the hub
cap mating ring."
Somewhere I read that there are actually THREE different lengths of radiating
The shortest being on the rivited wheel and progressively longer ones on the
welded wheel. Anyone shed further light.
I have about 8 or 9 of the rivited variety if anyone is interested. I also have
the solid non-vented wheels at your disposal.
Daniel Thompson wrote:
> I was under the impression that the very early bugeye wheel halves were
> riveted together, not welded. At least that's the way they are on my '58.
> Easy to identify.
> BTW, I have 17 wheels in my garage. Will "donate" one for free if you pay
> the postage. You can take off the old dunlop tire yourself.
> Also seriously considering sending 4 bugeye bonnets to the crusher. They are
> not so good but no rust through. You pick up!
> I am in Montreal, Canada.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Paul A. Dolloff, Ph.D. [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 12:17 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Re: WANTED--vented Bugeye wheel
> > Harris,
> > During a concourse judging at SpriteRush a discussion evolved
> > concerning vented bugeye wheels. It seems that all vented wheels
> > are not alike. The very early ones had the round holes located
> > symetrically about the welding points that hold the hub to the rim.
> > Apparently, it was determined that this weakened the wheel. Later
> > vented wheels located the round vent holes off center from the
> > welding points.
> > BTW, I have a wheel for you if you want but it has been painted
> > black and will need some cleaning up. I think it is the later type.
> > Paul