Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

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gearling
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Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by gearling » October 12th, 2017, 7:03 am

Got her up in the air, Man, those steelies are heavier than the budd wheels on the dually! I toss on a wire wheel , and oh, no! It won't go all the way on! I pull it away for a look, and decide to pull the hub cover off, and, aha! Perfect fit! So, I really don't mind not having caps for the wheels. It's just an old work truck, and those things cost what I paid for the whole truck in the first place. However, I do want to keep the bearings clean and dry. Is there a dust cover/grease cap that just goes on the end of the hub to go in place of the huge dust covers that fit the steelies?

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Re: Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by Stakebed » October 12th, 2017, 8:44 am

Hmm you may look around and try things like paint lids, or go to an industrial electrical supply place and look at knockout plugs - they come in all sorts of sizes and either snap in place or attach from the back with a screw.


Since you want function over formality id get creative and see what you can find. I do agree you should have some sort of cap to keep water and dust out of the bearings!

gearling
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Re: Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by gearling » October 12th, 2017, 10:26 am

That might be an option, It's amazing the things that seem to be standard sizes across different industries!

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Re: Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by gearling » October 12th, 2017, 10:30 am

As a Chevy mechanic in the 80s, I always kept a variety of wine corks, golf tees, ball bearings and other miscellany in my tool box. A good Chevy mechanic always has a handful of parts left over, especially when working on a Ford! :lol:

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Re: Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by Neil Wilson » October 13th, 2017, 7:30 am

gearling wrote:
October 12th, 2017, 7:03 am
Got her up in the air, Man, those steelies are heavier than the budd wheels on the dually! I toss on a wire wheel , and oh, no! It won't go all the way on! I pull it away for a look, and decide to pull the hub cover off, and, aha! Perfect fit! So, I really don't mind not having caps for the wheels. It's just an old work truck, and those things cost what I paid for the whole truck in the first place. However, I do want to keep the bearings clean and dry. Is there a dust cover/grease cap that just goes on the end of the hub to go in place of the huge dust covers that fit the steelies?
I am guessing that your AA has the 1929 six hole disk wheel with their respective hub caps. And, as you indicate the steel spoke wheel will not fit over these disk wheel hub caps. I have seen/heard of one AA'er who found A chassis hub caps which could be installed onto the AA steel spoke wheels. So, this is an option.
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Re: Putting Wire Spokes on the '28/'29

Post by gearling » October 19th, 2017, 5:59 pm

just fitted up one side to get an idea of how it will look when finished. Always good to contemplate things over a beer or three!
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