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Hey all, Here's the problem. I put some wire wheels on my '65. I now get a vibration while braking. No vibration while driving. And I didn't have any vibration before the wheel change. Could I have warped a drum when I torqued the wheels down (95lbs.) ?? Bill

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The wheels are distorting when the force of braking is being applied to them. I had this happen on a Buick road wheel once...had me scratching my head for answers for a few days. I`d remove the wheels and have a shop familiar with wire wheels check the spokes for tightness and true the wheels.

Tom Mooney

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Did you try switching the wheels front to back to see if the vibration goes away?

I did switch wheels from front to rear. I am wondering if it is a tie rod problem on the right front. I have a little play in it. I spoke with a guy with Rally America. They deal in a lot of wire wheels. He suggested getting the drums turned. And addressing any front end issues. As truing a wire wheel is about $200 ea. plus shipping cost to California. That sounds like it is worth a shot. I can't seem to find a wheel shop in K.C. that fools with old wires. I even called a few motorcycle shop. No dice.

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BTW. Thanks for the kind words for the car. White wall tires are getting kinda tough to find. Also I just ordered a tie rod end and rear shocks from Rock Auto for $72 shipped. My local O'reilly's wanted $50 for the tie rod and $24 ea. for the shocks. That would be about $106 after tax for the same exact parts.

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At O'rielly's they have different books with different prices. You have to talk to someone who will look in the books as opposed to the computer.

I, for example, was quoted $ 37 for a set of points from Rare Parts on the computer. After going to the books behind the counter we found a set for $ 4.95.

They are in the business to make money, so if they can find a fool who will pay $ 37 for points, they will be more then happy to take it.

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