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Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 12th, 2018, 8:54 am
by Arche22772
The sandblast guy said there was a crack in one of the wheels.
Is this something that can be welded or do I need to find another wheel?

This wheel was the passenger side outer dual wheel on my late 1930 AA 157.

Thanks
Ray
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Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 12th, 2018, 12:35 pm
by flatford39
No chunks missing. I would weld it.

Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 12th, 2018, 2:10 pm
by Stakebed
agreed - not a super critical spot and since its from hole to hole it wont crack any farther. Take it somewhere where they know what their doing and get it welded.

Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 12th, 2018, 3:55 pm
by KimVanOrder
Yup. weld it up, grind it off, paint and use..
My dad in law actually welded several parts of a modern wheel , into the old spoke wheel, to make up one that I use all the time..

Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 13th, 2018, 5:53 am
by Arche22772
Thanks for the info. Will get this to a welder.
RAy

Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 25th, 2018, 5:51 am
by SteveK535
Whoever welds it, make sure they don't simply weld over the crack, that just makes you feel better because you can't see it. Its still there. To properly weld it, you should grind and bevel the edges of the crack to 45 degrees from each side, to form a section that looks like this "><". You can also do it from just one side and make a deep "V" since its relatively thin. This allows the welding to penetrate fully through the steel. Then cosmetically grind it flush with the original surface and it'll be good as new after its done.

Re: Had my wheels sandblasted and....

Posted: February 25th, 2018, 6:34 pm
by Arche22772
Hi SteveK,

That is exactly how the welder did my wheel. Took him less time to grind and weld it
then to set up his portable welder. Friend of one of my sons so we traded some work.
Ray