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What bolt pattern and what kind of money? Those would look real nice on any 60s musclecar. Bet they're American-made too.

Too bad they're only 14". Much less desirable (and thus less valuable) than 15". Quite a bit of pitting and curb rash, so don't expect to get stupid money for them, but yes there's a market - just not here at AACA.

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that's a dune buggy wheel if I"ve ever seen one, same era boat trailers also were customized with them quite often, and a few cars, but the purist in me hates to mention the cars lol

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http://www.hotrodhotline.com/sites/default/files/images/ar-vn309-torq-thrust-painted-gray-with-machined-lip_1.jpg

http://www.hotrodhotline.com/sites/default/files/images/ar-vn309-torq-thrust-painted-gray-with-machined-lip_1.jpg

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When I see those wheels, this is the first thing that comes to mind. I realize they are put on cars all the time, but for me, this is where they belong:

http://imganuncios.mitula.net/1970_blue_volkswagen_dune_buggy_for_sale_in_mount_calvary_wi_53057_96635328543411648.jpg

A little history:

[h=2]History[edit][/h]"Romeo Palamides, an early drag racing innovator and grandfather of jet car racing, designed and crafted leading edge, high strength-to-weight magnesium drag racing wheels for a competition dragster designed in the early 1950s for competition. The vehicle debuted on the cover of the November 1956 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. The car gained attention but, in the early years of hot rodding, there was considerable street enthusiast interest in the lightweight, high-tech wheels he had custom-designed for the car. Romeo's vision, working from Jim Ellison's small machine shop in San Francisco, along with engineering innovator Tom Griffith, evolved into America's leading aftermarket wheel company. In 1956, they formed American Racing Equipment."(http://www.americanracing.com/company.asp)

Platinum Equity investment group acquired American Racing Equipment Inc in June 2005.[1]

[h=2]Torq Thrust[edit][/h]American Racing became famous with the Torq Thrust wheel that, although first applied on the dragstrip, became a popular street racing wheel. The Torq Thrust was specifically designed with a "tapered parabolic contour" spoke, as opposed to a semi-solid modular design, to increase brake cooling and simultaneously decrease wheel mass.

The American Racing Torq Thrust wheel is considered by some as the most famous muscle car wheel of all time[2] and is sometimes credited as starting the entire custom wheel movement.

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Thanks, That was great to read about them.

Do you know what year they may be from the back? Iam thinking 1963-1974.

I think they still make them. Many muscle car people and rodders have them. see the link;

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CEIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.americanracingwheelsinfo.com%2FAmerican_Racing_Torq_Thrust_II.htm&ei=mTayUpeICdDcoATT54KwAw&usg=AFQjCNH6ozq2JyFoyYd5CVAMOTkYZgL7_w&bvm=bv.58187178,d.cGU

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I believe they started making that style in 1967 or 1968.

here is a picture of Tommy Ivo's top fuel dragster in 1962 with the Torque Thrust mag. American racing makes these wheels with all types of backspacing and off-sets see the link.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcacklefest.com%2FBarnstormer.shtml&ei=gEWyUpKxLMvyoASe54CAAw&usg=AFQjCNEnUkjx_AIjQgPCl74idJGyeKJurQ&bvm=bv.58187178,d.cGU

Here is another picture before 1962.. I'm pretty sure it's 1959:

http://cacklefest.com/images/Ivo-UK-1.jpg

Here is a picture of Ivo's twin Buick dragster 1961 with American Racings Torque thrust wheels.

http://www.standard1320.com/Ivo/Hemi/Barnstormer/IN-LINE%20TWIN%20BUICKside.jpg

Remember them in the movie Bullitt??

http://www.themovies.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/bullitt_089pyxurz.jpg

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here is a picture of Tommy Ivo's top fuel dragster in 1962 with the Torque Thrust mag. American racing makes these wheels with all types of backspacing and off-sets see the link.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcacklefest.com%2FBarnstormer.shtml&ei=gEWyUpKxLMvyoASe54CAAw&usg=AFQjCNEnUkjx_AIjQgPCl74idJGyeKJurQ&bvm=bv.58187178,d.cGU

Here is another picture before 1962.. I'm pretty sure it's 1959:

http://cacklefest.com/images/Ivo-UK-1.jpg

Yes...if you look closer, you will notice that those are conical spokes on the dragster. I had a set of those. The items in question have a sort of "ridge" on each of the spokes. I believe the ones in question are later like I suggested. I could be wrong, but as an ex racer kind of guy, I remember when they changed them.

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When I see those wheels, this is the first thing that comes to mind. I realize they are put on cars all the time, but for me, this is where they belong:

http://imganuncios.mitula.net/1970_blue_volkswagen_dune_buggy_for_sale_in_mount_calvary_wi_53057_96635328543411648.jpg

It might work, But they are the same size 6 inch..They Dune Buggy Has wide ones in the back....

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As previously mentioned, wheels like these are still being manufactured. Put them up for sale, but in my opinion the cost of getting them re-polished and/or chromed will be high enough that you would be further ahead to buy new wheels. Not to mention that they may not be straight or properly balanced...I don't know why everyone is so hung up on dunebugs, they are an interesting find for anyone building a 60's retro-car, but I wouldn't expect them to draw big money.

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Are they all the same size and back spacing? They look like 14x6's with no offset, but you've never said the exact size or bolt pattern. The finish on your last post looks much better(albeit still pitted), if they are all in similar condition. Next thing is to check for damage or pitting along the inner rims, out of round, bends or cracks. If they are good you might be able to start negotiating a little higher... maybe start at $125 and be prepared to come down.

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